Flu cases started to spike right around Christmas. Now, the New York State Department of Health says the flu is widespread.
Your flu shot may be protecting you from more than just the flu. It could also protect you against the number one killer of Americans.
The mayor got his flu shot from pharmacist Barbara Naprawa at a Duane Reade pharmacy in lower Manhattan. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley also received his influenza vaccine at the Duane Reade Thursday morning.
In New Jersey, state officials say influenza activity is low in the south and moderate in the north.
If you don’t know anyone with the flu yet, it might not be long before you do. Nearly 1,000 positive flu tests were reported in New York last week and those are just the cases that were actually tested.
New York is showing a dramatic increase in the number of serious flu infections and emergency room visits, and doctors are trying to figure out the reason.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says five states — including New York — had widespread reports of flu last week, up from zero two weeks earlier.
After last year’s H1N1, health officials are asking the public to get flu shots this year. The CDC, for the first time, is calling for universal vaccination for all Americans.
The muscle aches, runny nose and fever of the flu are enough of a reason to get vaccinated. And now that vaccine may have some heart healthy benefits.