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Flu cases surge in New York State, health officials urge caution and emphasize importance of vaccination during winter season


Feb 11, 2024
New York is Still Facing Flu Season

Currently, there is a surge in flu infections occurring around this time of year. According to data from the New York State Department of Health, hospitalized flu cases have increased by 12% compared to the previous week, with over 1,300 people being hospitalized during the first week of February.

It’s important to note that while cold weather may contribute to the spread of the flu, it’s actually people spending more time indoors and around others that is causing the increase in cases. Health officials are urging individuals to be aware not only of the flu but also other respiratory illnesses such as RSV and COVID-19 which are still prevalent.

To protect yourself and others from these viruses, it’s crucial to get vaccinated every year. This is especially important for older adults and children who are most at risk for serious complications from these illnesses. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the flu, and RSV can help prevent hospitalizations and deaths from these conditions.

Overall, getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent serious health complications and protect yourself and others from these preventable illnesses.

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