Flu season continues until mid-May.
Studies like the CDC's suggest flu shots do a better job of preventing death than they do sniffles and aches.
"Overall, flu activity is decreasing".
For the week ending March 10, the last full week measured, about three percent of Atrium Health patients were seen for flu-like illness.
State health officials reported 29 more flu deaths in North Carolina, bringing the season total to 305. The agency is waiving administrative for the flu shot at its public health clinics.
"These restrictions are typically used for our most critically ill patients or those who are at an increased risk, such as those in our intensive care units, NICU or pediatrics", she said.
It can mean, health officials say, the difference between life and death.
To build on the expanded flu vaccination efforts at the local level, Cuomo previously directed the New York State Department of Health to authorize enhanced reimbursement for counties statewide. It is also meant to provide higher health benefits to individuals of all ages. The Northeast Region remains high at 4.63 percent. Nineteen people were hospitalized, one of whom died, during that time. All were at higher risk due to their age or other health issues.
The flu season started October 1. Additionally, hand washing, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing and isolation at home when a fever occurs will help stop the spread of flu in communities.
Vaccines are available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.Those without insurance may go to a county public health center to get vaccinated.