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New York is one of five states with widespread flu outbreak

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: New York is one of five states with widespread flu outbreak
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NEW YORK STATE -- We're in the midst of the flu season and more people in New York are coming down with it.

The State Department of Health says there is a widespread flu outbreak. That means more than half of the geographic area has reported case of the flu.

We're still in the early part of the flu season, which ends in May.

In 2010, there were more than 2,200 reports of the illness statewide. And during the week of December 18th through the 25th, there were 825 positive lab reports of the flu.

"Everybody has probably been around more family that have been sick over the holidays. People have been out more in the malls and around other people that might be sick, instead of staying home when they were sick," said St. Joseph's Hospital Infection Control Manager Laura Gray.

Gray and a spokesman for the state health department say vaccination is key. If you're healthy, they say now is a good time to get a flu shot. H1N1 was included in this season's vaccine and so far H1N1 cases are down. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP