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New York State and the nation as a whole experienced one of the worst influenza seasons in a decade during the winter of 2012-2013. In the peak week ending January 19, 2013, New York alone reported more than 5000 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, more than 1120 hospitalizations as a result of influenza, and 5 flu-related pediatric deaths. By the season’s end, more than 45 000 cases had been confirmed, more than 9500 people had been hospitalized, and 14 children had died.1
Caplan A, Shah NR. Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal InfluenzaNew York State’s Mandate to Vaccinate or Mask. JAMA. 2013;310(17):1797-1798. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280633