New York health officials say flu cases have been confirmed in more than half the state and they're encouraging people to get vaccinated.
They say the pace of infections is picking up, with cases reported in 47 counties and all of New York City.
In Central New York, 1,041 cases have been reported in Oneida County and 406 cases have been reported in Onondaga County so far this season. At this point last year, there were none reported.
The flu season typically begins in October and continues through May, peaking in late winter or early spring. Last year, almost 1,200 people required hospitalization and one child was killed by the infection, which can be treated with antiviral medications.
The State health department said Monday there's plenty of vaccine available and inoculations are available in a variety of places, including pharmacies.
Flu spreads through coughing and sneezing and begins with a sudden fever, chills and aches along with a cough or sore throat.