New York will shatter a flu season record if something doesn’t change soon.
Officials across the state have been pushing for vaccination – not only against COVID-19, but influenza.
Now, the most-recent report from the state says New York added 1,500 confirmed cases of flu during the week ending October 22nd. That brings the total to 3,200.
How fast is the flu spreading? Well, compared to a normal year – New York typically sees around 3,200 cases by Thanksgiving. We’re still four weeks away from the holiday.
Some health officials worry that vaccine hesitancy could be playing a role in the quick spread of the virus. For context, just 15% of New Yorkers are currently vaccinated against this year’s strain of flu.
Health experts agree – getting a flu shot is a good idea. Not only that, but wearing a mask when indoors, or avoiding contact with people when ill are also easy steps people can take to reduce their chances of getting sick.
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