NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Centers for Disease Control estimates flu is responsible for 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year, and this year’s flu season has proved nationwide to be far worse than average.
As of Saturday, a total of 19,128 cases of influenza had been reported in New York state for the season, compared with 4,404 for all last season, according to Cuomo’s office. As of last week, the state Department of Health had received reports of 2,884 patients hospitalized with the flu, compared with 1,169 last year.
To date, as of Saturday, two children in New York state and 18 nationwide have died from the flu.
Caused by strains of the influenza virus, the flu hits patients like a proverbial ton of bricks with a sore throat, a fever, headaches, and muscle aches. Some people also suffer vomiting and diarrhea, and some develop pneumonia or other severe complications.
But it can also lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and death.
Flu season generally runs from November to March, peaking in January and February, for more information on symptoms, prevention and more, use the links below.
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