Cuomo Tries to Combat Flu Epidemic

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order to deal with a widespread flu epidemic in New York.

The order allows pharmacists to give flu shots to children as young as 2-year-old.  That will increase the access and convenience of people looking for the vaccine.

“With flu cases reaching epidemic proportions in New York, we must do everything in our power to fight this virus and keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said.

There have been nearly 8,000 confirmed cases of flu around the state over the past week.  That’s the most since reporting began in 2004.

"Once again, I urge all New Yorkers to help us combat this quick-spreading strain of flu and make sure they and their loved ones are vaccinated," Cuomo said.

The governor also wants the Department of Health to expand its advertising campaign to raise awareness.  He's encouraging everyone should get a flu shot.

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