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Cuomo's declaration helping in flu fight

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Cuomo's declaration helping in flu fight
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The flu continues to be a big concern across the region, but health experts say Governor Andrew Cuomo's emergency declaration is helping fight the virus. The order allowed pharmacies to vaccinate children under the age of 18.

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Morrow says that's helping increase vaccination rates because more people have access to the flu shot.

There have been some problems as pharmacists try to meet the demand. But health experts like Morrow believe that pharmacies should be able to offer flu vaccines to children in the future.

"Children can be a little more challenging to vaccinate, so it’s probably in the ideal world better in a situation that they are familiar with in an office setting. There's no physical reason children can't be vaccinated," said Morrow.

She says Onondaga County's influenza numbers continue to go down. She doesn't believe there will be a second spike in cases, but still urges everyone to get a flu shot.

You can find more information on how to find vaccine on the Onondaga County Health Department's website at www.ongov.net.

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