Posted at: 01/10/2013 5:37 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 5:49 PM
By: Benita Zahn
"New York averages 1, 400 deaths from the flu in a year. Based on cases so far, we expect that to be worse" says New York's health commissioner. So Dr. Nirav Shah and Governor Cuomo are encouraging all New Yorkers to get their flu shot.
"I want to stress" says Shah "that it's important and essential for those who have not had a flu shot. It's not too late. The right time to get the flu shot is before you get the flu."
Which is why the Governor rolled up his sleeve to get a shot .. Receiving a lollipop from the state health commissioner - sugarfree
"Best treat I've gotten on this job I want you to know" joked Governor Cuomo.
But all joking aside . .The state is serious about facilitating flu shots for as many people as possible.
"This includes conducting statewide immunizations. Additionally flue clinics will be established as needed to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to flu immunization times that are convenient and locations that are convenient."
The state will expand onsite flu shot clinics for state workers and is encouraging all health care workers to be immunized.
As the state officials point out, .. 4,404 cases of flu were reported last season. This year we're already 5 times over that number and we haven't peaked yet.
So they remind us: if you think you come down with flu, stay home. If you're concerned about your condition, contact your doctor before heading to an emergency department. And remember, it takes about 2 weeks after the flu shot to be fully protected.
"It's a serious situation and a matter of public health" says Governor Cuomo.