Health officials urge all residents six months of age and older who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Saratoga County, with 42 cases, had the most cases of any upstate county for the second week in a row.
The Cuomo administration says the number of confirmed cases of influenza is rising across NY state, with more than 5,400 people coming down with the illness so far this season.
With flu now widespread, Albany Medical Center, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Saratoga Hospital on Friday announced new visitor restrictions that will take effect Monday. "So there are a lot of respiratory illnesses going around right now".
"This is a very sad reminder that flu is unpredictable and can be deadly", Julie Vaishampayan, MD, a public health officer with the county, said in a statement.
Doctors say that this year's flu vaccine is more effective than last year's version. "But, fingers crossed, hopefully (it) won't be as severe as last winter".
During the 2017-2018 flu season, over 300 flu related deaths were reported in Indiana. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died.
New York City and nine states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia) experienced moderate activity, according to the latest numbers.
The federal Centers for Disease Control reported on Friday that flu activity is increasing across the country, with 11 states, including NY, reporting widespread activity.
The KCDC announced Friday that last week, out of every one thousand patients at hospitals and clinics, . there were 71-point-9 cases of the flu. nearly the same as the peak past year of 72-point-1.