Watch CBS News

New York state health department reports higher-than-usual number of flu cases, urges residents to get vaccinated

New York flu cases increasing
New York flu cases increasing 00:34

NEW YORK -- The New York state health department is urging people to get their flu shot as cases start to increase.

Flu season usually runs from October to May and peaks later in the winter, but this year, the health department said cases started earlier.

The health department is reporting higher-than-usual numbers in September with nearly 600 lab-confirmed cases by Oct. 1. By comparison, in 2021, there were 150 cases by Oct. 9.

RELATED STORY: Health officials warn severe flu season is coming, urge vaccinations

Officials say this year, the flu is already considered widespread.

Health officials are also reminding people they can get an updated COVID booster at the same time as a flu vaccine.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.