Flu season started early and strong this year, and on Thursday a new report revealed it’s hitting a different group of people especially hard.
Flu cases started to spike right around Christmas. Now, the New York State Department of Health says the flu is widespread.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the influenza virus is now widespread in 10 states, including New York and Pennsylvania – where a pregnant nurse is out of a job.
With 20 percent of Americans coming down with the flu every year, it can be hard to protect anyone, but one of the best ways to safeguard yourself against it is to get a flu shot, according to CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez.
New York City’s Board of Health voted Wednesday in favor of the mandatory vaccine for children under 6. The initiative takes effect in 30 days and will be required for about 150,000 children.
Your flu shot may be protecting you from more than just the flu. It could also protect you against the number one killer of Americans.
With the flu epidemic hitting the Tri-State Area hard, many pharmacies have begun to run out of flu shot supplies.
The Centers for Disease Control hinted that flu may have already peaked in some spots, but also that New York is experiencing “high activity.”
The law prevented 4-year-old Jeremy Pereira from returning to his pre-K class at the Edward V. Walton School in Springfield because his parents said he is allergic to egg, which is present in the flu vaccine.
Dr. David Katz said that some children have already died from flu complications and that even a garden variety flu season kills as many as 30,000 people.
The mayor got his flu shot from pharmacist Barbara Naprawa at a Duane Reade pharmacy in lower Manhattan. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley also received his influenza vaccine at the Duane Reade Thursday morning.
You probably think of Whooping Cough as a kid’s sickness that was eliminated decades ago by a childhood vaccine.
New York used to be among a handful of states that only allowed physicians and nurses to administer vaccines, but it began allowing pharmacists to give the shots, too, in 2008.
The 4-year-old boy died late last week of bacterial pneumonia, which can be a complication of flu.
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