It’s not winter yet, but the season’s best friend, the flu, is alive and well in the city and the rest of New York.
The Liberian community on Staten Island collected food to ship to West Africa Saturday, at an event where free flu shots were also available.
Flu shots could soon be required by law for small children in New York City. The plan would mandate children in day cares and preschools receive the shot.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency Saturday, as the flu epidemic rocked the nation and hospitals and urgent care centers saw huge crowds.
The vaccine is quick, easy, and often free but only about a third of the population will get vaccinated, possibly because of some of the myths associated with the 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.
Researchers are testing a new patch that would make it simple and almost pain-free to give yourself a flu vaccine – right at home.