Health officials say New York is witnessing the worst influenza season in four years.
According to the latest updates from the Department of Health, 17,231 confirmed flu cases have added up to this point of the season, surpassing the winter of 2017-2018, which had 15,740 cases at this time.
By this time last year, the numbers were nearly 10,000 fewer.
During the winter of 2016-2017, flu cases peaked only at 6,076.
Here locally, Oneida County has the most accumulated flu cases this season with 1,695, while Jefferson County has 652, Herkimer County reporting 504 and Lewis County recording 96.