Over 1600 NYers hospitalized this past week for the flu

01.19.18 | Brandon Dickson

It's the highest weekly number on record.

The drastic rise in the virus has prompted Governor Cuomo to urge everyone in the state over six months old to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Influenza cases rose by 54% over the last seven days, and new cases were diagnosed in all 62 counties.

Health officials say as of last Sunday, there were 17,362 confirmed cases of flu reported, with more than 5,200 people hospitalized this season.