Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated as flu cases spike across the state.
The number of flu cases increased by 54 percent over the past week, according to the state Department of Health. There were 1,606 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu — the highest number of flu-related hospitalizations since the state Department of Health's tracking began in 2004.
It has already been an active flu season in New York. As of Jan. 13, there were 17,362 confirmed flu cases and 5,267 people were hospitalized.
The most common flu strain in parts of New York has been influenza B. One reason why Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to get vaccinated is the flu vaccine is more effective against influenza B.