Widespread influenza activity is reported across New York State.

The latest weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control shows New York is one of four states where widespread flu cases are occurring.

The previous week's report indicated only localized flu activity across New York.

No other states in the Northeast are showing widespread flu cases.

Broome County Public Health Director Claudia Edwards says the health department has seen more flu activity than is normal for this time of year.

Edwards says although predictions are difficult to make, the higher-than-usual number of cases may indicate that "we are in for a long hard season."

Edwards is encouraging Broome County residents to get vaccinated in an effort to avoid the flu.

She says vaccination will significantly decrease chances of getting the flu and will help minimize complications for those who do get it.

The Broome County Health Department will hold a flu vaccination clinic at its Binghamton offices Monday, December 3. The clinic will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. The offices are at 225 Front Street.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $25, payable by cash or check. Those who are at least 65 and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Exellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today's Options or CDPHP Medicare, the health department will bill the insurance plan.

The Broome County Health Department website gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu has more information on the flu and steps to take to protect yourself and your family.