Cuomo Declares Public Health Emergency Over Flu Outbreak
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Source: NY Times
By MARC SANTORA
With the nation in the grip of a severe influenza outbreak that has seen deaths reach epidemic levels, New York State declared a public health emergency on Saturday, making access to vaccines more easily available.
There have been nearly 20,000 cases of flu reported across the state so far this season, officials said. Last season, 4,400 positive laboratory tests were reported.
“We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement.
Under the order, pharmacists will be allowed to administer flu vaccinations to patients between 6 months and 18 years old, temporarily suspending a state law that prohibits pharmacists from administering immunizations to children.
I'm here in Virgina. Just in this past week, My Sister, her 18 year old daughter and 3 year old son came down with the flu. So did my Mom (68) and my Grandmother (93)
Niece, mom and Oma (my grandmother) all got the flu shot.
Fingers crossed for Mom and Oma. Oma fell from being sick, Mom was too sick to pick her up, and thankfully sister and 18 year old nice were able to get to the house and pick Oma up. (She's ok from the fall, the flu is kicking serious arse.)
This flue strain has me worried. Talked to them tonite and it seems like everyone id recovering -- but damn.