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Flu emergency declared in New York

Updated: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 11:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor has declared a public health
emergency for the state because of the severity of the flu season.


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement Saturday. His executive
order suspends for the next month the state law that limits the
authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents only to
individuals 18 years of age or older.


Pharmacists will also be allowed to administer flu vaccinations to patients between 6 months and 18 years of age.


The order comes as nearly 20,000 cases of influenza have been
reported in the state this season. That's more than four times the 4,400
positive laboratory tests reported all of last season.

Flu emergency declared in New York


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Flu Signs and Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

FLU VS. COMMON COLD

Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):

  • Fever 
  • Body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough are more common and intense
  • Chills
  • HeadachesCommon


Cold Symptoms:  
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever is rare
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild fatigue

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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