Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded all New Yorkers to get a flu shot in preparation for the flu season, which usually starts in October and lasts through May. eyes today. The tracker displays daily and weekly flu data and provides timely information on local, regional and statewide flu developments.
Governor Cuomo said: “This fall could be a one-of-a-kind blow to infection as we manage the onset of another flu season while working diligently to stop micro- withdraw COVID-19 from within the scope of its activities, ”said Governor Cuomo. “I am reminding all New Yorkers that flu vaccination not only protects you from the flu, but also allows us to direct important healthcare resources against the next wave of COVIDs. -19. “
During the 2019-20 flu season, there were 22,217 flu-related hospitalizations in the state and 13 deaths among children.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “I cannot stress the importance of getting a flu shot to protect myself this season against the dual threat COVID-19, which can mimic flu symptoms The ability to track activity for both viruses on a daily basis will help identify trends and help the Department come up with appropriate public health measures I would also like to remind New residents. York says that having the flu doesn’t mean you can’t get COVID-19 and vice versa. “
The New York State Department of Health recommends that anyone over six months of age get a flu shot to protect themselves and others during the upcoming flu season. Adults 65 years of age and older, people with certain chronic illnesses, young children and pregnant women are most at risk for serious flu complications, which can be hospitalized and could lead to dead. Because influenza viruses can be spread through coughing or sneezing, it is especially important that family members and those who have regular contact with people at high risk be vaccinated.
Over the past four years, there have been a total of 33 influenza-related deaths among children in New York State and an average of 19,318 flu-related hospitalizations each year. In January 2019, during the severe 2017-2018 flu season, Governor Cuomo signed an Emergency Executive Order allowing pharmacists to give flu vaccines to children aged 2 to 18. through the law make this order into law. During the 2019-2020 flu season, 56,264 flu shots were given by pharmacies to children under the age of 18 in New York State outside of New York City.
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