ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State says it's seeing more reported cases of influenza so far this season than in recent years.
The state's online flu tracker shows the state's seen over 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza as of Jan. 4. That's up from roughly 3,000 in 2017. Last week 1,964 New Yorkers were hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza, up 34% from the previous week. To date, there have been 5,694 flu-related hospitalizations.
Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People infected with the flu may also have respiratory symptoms without a fever. The flu can cause mild to severe illness. Adults aged 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children, and pregnant women are among those who are at highest risk.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state health officials to work with hospitals to make sure they're equipped to meet a rising number of hospitalizations.
Information from the Associated Press and New York State Department of Health was used in this report.
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