SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WRGB) - The flu is on the rise in New York.
Cases of the virus are up more than 23 percent from just last week but the state is still averaging half the amount of cases as this time last year.
According to the New York State Department of Health, last week there were about 600 reported cases of the flu in the Capital Region.
So far this season, there have been nearly 3,000 reported cases in our area. Across the state, there has been more than 8,500 reported cases. That’s down from nearly 17,000 last year.
Assem. and pharmacist John McDonald says he always recommends getting the flu shot, and he says this year it's been more effective.
"It's been a good year for the flu shot so far,” McDonald said. “Usually it's 1 out of 3 effective. This year, it's over 50 percent. I've only got one flu shot left. We've probably done close to 700 or 800 this year. We did an awful lot of flu shots."
The CDC says most people with the flu have mild symptoms and don't need medical care. However if you are in a high risk group, which includes children, people older than 65, and pregnant women, or if you are very sick -- you should go to the emergency room.