By Jessica Bakeman
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency in New York on Saturday in response to this year’s severe flu season. Cuomo issued an executive order allowing pharmacists to provide flu shots to patients between the ages of six months and 18 years old.
The order suspends state law that restricts pharmacists from administering the vaccinations to minors. Two children in New York and 18 children nationwide have died because of the flu this season.
To date, 19,128 cases of influenza have been reported in New York this year. In comparison, there were 4,404 positive laboratory tests for the flu last year. Since Jan. 5, the state Department of Health has received reports of 2,884 patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, compared with 1,169 total hospitalizations in 2011.
Karen De Coster
The Scaremongerers have been busy creating a flu “crisis” which has caused the masses to panic to the point of descending upon hospital emergency rooms for … flu symptoms.
The hospitals in Boston have been overwhelmed, said Jim Heffernan, chief of primary care at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His hospital is full, he said, the emergency room “overflowing because there aren’t enough places to put people. It just snowballs.”
On Monday, Beth Israel got 400 more calls than normal to its urgent-care hotline, spokeswoman Kelly Lawman said. “We had to open a new unit to accommodate all the patients.”
Boston’s mayor actually declared a “flu emergency.” Are Americans the laughingstock of the world, or are other western cultures following us over the idiot cliff? The rest of this article from USA Today drones on and on to propagandize about flu deaths and the need for a flu shot to prevent death.
Meanwhile, more nurses were fired for refusing to allow arbitrary political bilge to invade their bodies that they own and protect.