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Report: Flu cases decreasing along East Coast

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows some relief from this year's flu breakout, as cases are decreasing along the East Coast.

At Albany Memorial they are not seeing nearly the same volume of patients they had a week, or even ten days ago in the emergency room.

But doctors say it's not entirely over just yet

New York was among one of the states that was hit hard by the flu virus this year, the season started early with what seemed like harsher symptoms.

"People working in close proximity certainly has an impact on it. That's why it spreads so heavily in schools and colleges and elementary schools especially," said Dr. Clifford Erickson with Albany Memorial Hospital.

But Dr. Erickson says this week he's starting to notice fewer people coming in with symptoms of the flu.

"Looks like we are seeing a decrease we saw it peak a week or two ago it has been tapering off in terms of the total number of cases."

Dr. Erickson says, in his opinion, the flu already did its damage here.

"As many people are exposed to it they develop immunity to that strain then it'll taper off again once people develop an immunity to it, people are less likely to get infected because there is less active disease in the community."

But we are not out of the wood works just yet.

"This year flu season spiked early and we expect we'll still see some cases through the next few weeks."

There are three main strains circulating nationwide this season which should be over by April, and Dr. Erickson says the CDC is already working on combating next year's flu strains.

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