EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Crowded emergency rooms and a rush on flu shots, that was the story Friday across the Tri-State Area, as the Centers for Disease Control revealed the flu is even more widespread than first thought.
The numbers are up – from just Thursday, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.
New York state alone is reporting more than 19,000 confirmed cases so far this year — that’s five times more than all of 2012.
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Officials said 5 percent of emergency room visits are flu-related.