A drastic rise in flu cases has hospitalized more than 1,600 New Yorkers in the past week alone, state health officials said Thursday, the Wall Street Journal.
The Department of Health reported influenza cases rose by 54% over the past week, with new cases diagnosed in all 62 counties, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. The governor advised all New Yorkers six months of age and older over who haven’t received a flu shot yet to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The 1,606 New Yorkers hospitalized in the past week with lab-confirmed flu is the highest weekly number since the health agency reporting began in 2004, officials said. As of last Sunday, there were 17,362 confirmed cases of flu reported in the state, with more than 5,200 people hospitalized this season, officials said. Read more at Wall Street Journal.