Number of confirmed flu cases on the rise in New York state
According to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield review of New York state health data, the number of confirmed flu cases in the state is greater than the number of cases reported by this time last year.
As of Nov. 25, 2017, 854 cases of the flu have been confirmed, versus 643 confirmed cases last year, according to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield's review.
There have been 352 hospitalizations associated with the flu as of Nov. 25, which is also greater than the 302 flu-related hospitalizations at this time last year.
Only half of the state's population ages six months and older received the flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 season, according to the review. During that season 65,000 New Yorkers got the flu.
The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone six months and older. It takes about two weeks after the vaccine is administered for it to provide protection.
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