New York State is providing emergency assistance funding to counties as flu diagnoses continued to increase. The action taking by Governor Andrew Cuomo provides enhanced reimbursement to counties and will help fund expanded efforts to promote and increase access to flu vaccines statewide. Nearly 16,000 residents have been confirmed with the flu resulting in over 2,300 hospitalizations. More than 5,400 children ages 2-18 were vaccinated at pharmacies since Governor Cuomo signed an executive order last month.