Dec 29, 2016, 11:41 pmDec 30, 2016, 9:00 am

NYS health commissioner officially declares flu ‘widespread’ in state

Doctors say it’s never too late to get a flu shot

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Many are still dragging their feet when it comes to getting their flu shot and that might be why the illness has become widespread across New York State. According to the New York State Department of Health, there have already been 658 flu-related hospitalizations this year alone.

Northwell Urgent Care Center's Dr. Danielle Degaetano says she has seen around a 25 percent increase in flu symptoms. Those symptoms include fevers over 100 degrees, sore throat, ear pain, vomiting, and sometimes trouble breathing.

If a patient comes in during early stages, Dr. Degatano says she prescribes tama flu but most of the treatment for influenza resides in simply waiting it out

"Stay at home, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, Tylenol, Motrin,” Dr. Degatano said.

Dr. Degaetano says flu season is anywhere from October to May. If you haven't gotten the flu shot yet, you still can and should—better late than never.

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