Influenza, also known as the “flu”, is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. In New York, an emergency system was activated because of the increased spread of the flu. In an article called “Cuomo Activates Flu Emergency System as Cases Spike”, it mentions that nearly 33,000 cases of the flu have been recorded in New York State since the start of flu season. It is estimated that 200,000 people could be hospitalized because of the flu this year.
But it isn’t just New York that is affected by influenza, it is a worldwide issue. As cases of the flu increase, hospitalizations also increase. Health officials want to make sure that the healthcare system is able to handle large numbers of patients because of the influenza spread. Many companies are required to report to the state how many people are ill in the building each week.
The article recommends to get a flu shot so people can protect themselves. Even though the flu shot does not guarantee that the virus won’t develop, it helps keep symptoms less serious if a person does get sick.