The number of flu deaths continues to climb in Georgia as the flu outbreak remains widespread here and across the country.
The most common flu strain in parts of NY has been influenza B. One reason why Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to get vaccinated is the flu vaccine is more effective against influenza B.
"It's never too late to get vaccinated for seasonal flu", he said, noting that it takes a full two weeks for your body to develop its own immunity to influenza from the vaccine.
A way to prevent illness this season is a flu shot.
The flu strain now causing the most infections is H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been linked with increased hospitalizations and death, especially in young children and adults over age 65. They added that even if the fluvaccine is not the ideal match this season.
Although influenza-related illnesses are on the climb, the Florida Department of Health says deaths due to influenza have not increased at this time. "We know a lot of people are still sick".
More severe symptoms, which merit a call to the doctor, include difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, and difficulty eating or drinking.
The flu can be especially unsafe for the very young, the elderly, and people like King's son, who has health concerns that could make him more susceptible.