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Like Fevers, the Number of Flu Patients Is Rising

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On the third week of January, there were 7,779 confirmed influenza cases and 1,759 people hospitalized in New York, the highest weekly numbers since the state began reporting them in 2004, according to the New York State Department of Health.

In New York City, the flu has sent 3,015 people to the hospital since the season began in October, a 33 percent increase from this time last year.

Officials are urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated and some have called on the federal government to ratchet up its efforts in New York.

The influx of flu patients can strain New York City hospitals because emergency departments in urban areas tend to be smaller than others across the state, said Dr. Peter Shearer, the medical director of the emergency department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

In turn, he has increased the number of physician assistants and doctors working each shift.

There have been 8,954 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports in New York City this season, according to the state Department of Health.

Rochester General Hospital has had a spate of flu patients, Mr. Hutton said, and the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse temporarily diverted ambulances to other facilities this month.

The efficacy of this year’s flu shot has yet to be calculated for the H3N2 strain, but experts say it is about 30 percent.

However, doctors recommend getting vaccinated even if the shot fails to prevent the flu.

“I’m always impressed by the young people that have asthma or diabetes that did not get vaccinated and then came down with the flu,” Dr. Shearer said.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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