As of last Sunday, state health officials say there were more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the flu, and more than 5,000 people hospitalized this season.

New York health officials say more than 1,600 people statewide have been hospitalized with the flu in just the past week alone.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says flu cases rose by 54 percent over last week. He urges everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot yet to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As of last Sunday, state health officials say there were more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the flu, and more than 5,000 people hospitalized this season.