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Flu Resource Guide For The Tri-State Area

A woman is given a flu shot. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman is given a flu shot. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

FLU INFORMATION:
CDC Flu Information
Flu Q&A
Symptoms
Vaccine Information
Flu Facts For Parents
Treating Your Child With The Flu
Dr. Max Gomez On Flu Vaccine Facts And Fiction

PREVENTION:
Flu Prevention
Preventing The Flu At Work
Preventing The Flu At School

FLU SHOT CLINICS:
Find A Flu Shot: Flu.Gov

NEW YORK:

Find A Flu Shot In New York State

New York City
Nassau County
Orange County
Putnam County
Rockland County
Suffolk County
Westchester County

NEW JERSEY:

Find A Flu Shot In New Jersey

Bergen County
Essex County
Hudson County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Passaic County
Union County

CONNECTICUT:
Find A Flu Shot In Connecticut

Fairfield County