NEW YORK (AP) — The severity of this year’s flu season prompted Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to declare a public health emergency for New York State on Saturday, clearing the way for vaccinations to reach children more easily.
The emergency declaration comes as the state Health Department reports that the number of patients admitted to hospitals statewide continues to rise with a 55 percent increase in the last week. Two children have died in New York State so far and 20 nationally. Illnesses blamed on the flu have been reported in 47 states.