Number of NYC flu cases higher than in past years

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's hospital emergency rooms are seeing more cases of the flu than they have in the past few years. That's according to city health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.

He says in the last week or two, about five percent of people coming into emergency rooms have influenza-like symptoms. That's compared to rates of two percent of visits in other years.

Farley says, "It's definitely worse than we were in the last couple of years."

He urges people who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one.

The flu is already widespread around the country.

Farley says the city started seeing cases in early November and expects it to be around for another two months.

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