Andrew Cuomo recently declared a public health emergency Sunday. With this, pharmacists were told they could administer the flu vaccination to additional people, most notably to patients between the ages of 6 months and 18-years-old. (Ordinarily they are given only to those who are over 18 by pharmacists). It has been declared the worst outbreak of flu in New York in a number of years, for sure at least since 2009. Indeed, throughout the nation, the flu has been reported to have reached “epidemic proportions,” especially since it started so early this year. According to a report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ninety percent of American regions reported an increase in the level of flu, with 20 childhood fatalities.
As a result of what has been happening, state officials have been instructed by the governor to “marshal all needed resources to address this public health emergency and remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers – children and adults alike – have access to critically needed flu vaccines.” In addition, people who have not yet gotten their flu shots are now being encouraged to do so as the cases of reported influenza in NYC are continuing to rise.