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New York declares flu emergency after 19,000 fall ill

Published on Jan 13, 2013 9:32 AM
 
Oddelio Reid fills out paperwork before getting an influenza vaccine injection during a flu shot clinic at Dorchester House, a health care clinic, in Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 12, 2013. New York's governor declared a health emergency on Saturday over a flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people, allowing pharmacists to immunise infants and children. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York's governor declared a health emergency on Saturday over a flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people, allowing pharmacists to immunise infants and children.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's move comes amid a nationwide epidemic expected to last several weeks.

There have been at least 28,747 cases reported across the country so far this season, and 20 children have died from the flu, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, the true number of cases is likely far higher as many who fall ill do not go to the doctor to get tested.

 
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