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New call for New Yorkers to get vaccinated, flu epidemic continues

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Staff Writer | February 1, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the influenza epidemic continued to increase across New York State over the past week.
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Empire State   Parents and guardians are encouraged to call pharmacies
11,683 laboratory confirmed influenza cases were reported to the New York State Department of Health, and 2,221 New Yorkers hospitalized with confirmed influenza.

These numbers are again the highest weekly numbers in both categories since reporting began in 2004 and exceed last week's record high 7,779 confirmed cases and 1,759 hospitalizations.

Last week, the Governor signed an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18, increasing vaccine accessibility for New York children and families as influenza continues to spread across New York.

The Executive Order suspends the section of state education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents to anyone under age 18 to allow vaccines to be administered to anyone age 2 and up.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to call pharmacies ahead of their visit, to ensure they are ready to receive patients in this age group. Parents and guardians with children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months are still encouraged to see their primary care provider for the vaccination.