Big Drop In New York Flu Rate

Flu rates in New York are the lowest they've been in months.

According to the state's newest numbers, confirmed cases of the flu dropped 23-percent from the week before.  Flu rates in Dutchess and Ulster counties have also been trending down. This is the 20th week in a row, however that the flu is considered widespread in New York.

The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory confirmed influenza was 261,a 26% decrease over last week. There were no influenza associated pediatric deaths reported this week. There have been six influenza associated pediatric deaths reported this season.

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