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Flu shot frenzy hits Albany

Posted at: 01/12/2013 7:02 PM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 8:09 PM
By: Lily Jamali

ALBANY - Flu season has yet to reach its peak, but Governor Andrew Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency drove plenty of worried parents to a clinic here today.

The declaration was made by an Executive Order today that allows pharmacists - who are usually only allowed to administer flu shots to people 18 and older - to give them to children as young as six months.

With the worst flu season on their hands since 2009, state health officials say it's not too late to get the vaccine.

More than 19,000 cases have already been reported, and that number is expected to spike.

"The last thing we want is flu vaccine sitting on out shelves when it can be out helping the community," said Dr. James Crucetti, Commissioner of Health for Albany County.