This year's influenza season is in full swing and New York hospitals are reporting 19% more ER visits due to flu symptoms. Don't get caught out in the cold! Nearly 36,000 Americans die from flu-related illness each year, but New Yorkers can still get immunized to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy and flu-free this winter. People who are particularly encouraged to get immunized include those over 65 and those who have conditions that put them at risk for serious flu complications, like pneumonia. People who are in close contact with persons at risk should also get the shot to avoid passing on this potentially deadly illness. Uninsured patients will receive shots at no cost. Visit HHC's web site at nyc.gov/hhc to find a nearby HHC facility where you can get a flu shot.