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Governor says flu on ‘drastic rise’

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Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle. According to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, the flu season in the U.S. might be peaking already, and it may not […]

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the flu is on a “drastic rise” and is ordering the Department of Health to take further action.

He is also asking New Yorkers to get a flu shot if they haven’t yet.

“With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am directing the Department of Health to work with local providers to help protect our communities from this flu outbreak, and I urge all New Yorkers to visit local health centers and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The governor adds there have been 17,362 confirmed cases statewide. In Monroe County, there have been three reported deaths linked to the flu.

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