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Flu cases a hot topic Healthcare Emergency Operations Coordinating Committee

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- The increase in flu cases is on the table Wednesday for the Healthcare Emergency Operations Coordinating Committee.

Hospitals in Albany and Rensselaer Counties meet monthly with county and state health officials, plus representatives from fire and law enforcement.

But this is their first meeting since the governor temporarily allowed pharmacists to give flu shots to children as young as six months in an effort to help prevent the flu from spreading further.

"This is a busy time of year with other things circulating in the community as far as other illnesses, so when you put additional volume on top of what already is a very busy time we want to make sure we stay ahead of it so we won't play catch-up later," said Scott Heller, the director of emergency management at Albany Med

Heller adds that flu cases may have already peaked in the Capital Region. He won't know until the latest numbers come in, but advises we should still follow the three rules: good hand washing, coughing into your sleeve, and getting a flu shot.

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