Influenza Cases Increase In NYC
Influenza season is underway in New York City and the disease is spreading across the city, the Health Department reported today. New York City residents who have not yet gotten a flu shot should get one now. Emergency department visits for influenza-related symptoms have increased 19% since November and there have been confirmed outbreaks in city nursing homes over the same period.
"Influenza is here, but it is not too late to protect yourself and your family," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Health Commissioner for New York City. "Influenza can be deadly for older people and young children. New Yorkers should call their doctor about getting a flu shot today or call 311 to find out where to get a free shot. For those who get influenza, covering your cough and staying home if you have a fever will help prevent the spread of illness."
Not only does the flu shot reduce your risk of hospitalization and death from influenza, but it protects family members. Elderly people who are exposed to sick caretakers are much more likely to die during flu season. That is why it is so critical that the infirm, the very young, the elderly and all those around them get vaccinated.
Everyone who wants to reduce the risk of influenza should get a shot this year