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'New York State Flu Tracker' website launched, displays daily and weekly flu data

Americans encouraged to get flu shot as US prepares to battle both flu and COVID-19
Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 14:36:08-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State announced the 'New York State Flu Tracker' website launched Friday.

According to a release the tracker will display "daily and weekly flu data and provides timely information about local, regional and statewide flu activity."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also issuing a reminder to New Yorkers to get a flu shot in preparation for the flu season.

"This fall could be a one-two punch for infection as we manage the start of another flu season while working diligently to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm reminding all New Yorkers that getting a flu shot not only protects you from the flu but will allow us to direct vital healthcare resources to fighting the next wave of the COVID-19 virus."

The state recommends anyone over six months of age get vaccinated and says during the 2019-20 flu season, there were 22,217 flu-associated hospitalizations in the state and 13 pediatric deaths.

You can find the tracker and more information on the flu here.