The Putnam County Department of Health is reporting an increased number of influenza cases in recent weeks. The most recent week’s case count is 7.5 times higher than four weeks ago, rising from 8 cases in the week ending November 13th, to 60 cases in the week ending December 4th. Half of the most recent week’s cases are in individuals in their late teens and early twenties. The Health Department says prevention methods such as mask wearing and frequent handwashing recommended for COVID-19 will also reduce risk for flu. Those who have not already received their flu vaccine this season are encouraged to get a shot. COVID boosters or primary series shots can be administered at the same time as the flu vaccine.