ALBANY – Flu cases have shot up the last two weeks of December across New York State. According to the Albany Times-Union, the number of confirmed flu patients admitted to New York hospitals during the last two weeks of December was 1,063, a 181 percent increase over the two previous weeks. The report comes from the New York State Department of Health.
The report also says that laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza represent only a small portion of the actual number of flu cases occurring at any given time because most flu-sufferers are never tested.
Confirmed cases statewide reached 15,000 since testing began in October – three times higher than the mild flu season New York experienced last year when there were only 4,400 confirmed cases the entire season.
Officials say its still not too late to get vaccinated and are urging residents to do so if they haven’t already.