Governor Cuomo issues executive order for children to have more access to flu shots

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Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle. According to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, the flu season in the U.S. might be peaking already, and it may not […]

On Thursday, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order about fighting the flu in the state.

A media release states that the order will allow pharmacists to give flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18. This suspends the state law that limits the authority of pharmacists to give flu shots to children.  Officials say almost 8,000 flu cases were reported this week.  

“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,” Governor Cuomo said.

“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,” added Cuomo.  

To find out where you can get a flu shot, click here.

To read the executive order, click here.

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