THE BRONX - Hospitals across the borough are seeing a steep spike in flu shot demand amid this year’s flu season.

Lincoln Hospital says it has seen a 25 percent increase in patients looking for the vaccine. According to hospital representatives, the staff has given out more than 18,000 flu vaccines so far this season.

Hospital officials say that the shots are available at little or no cost to everyone. Usually, just a few questions and a little paperwork are all that’s involved. They say that no appointment is necessary for shots on Tuesdays and Thursdays.