Some New York City pharmacies and urgent care facilities were already out ofÂ flu shots Sunday, a day after Gov. Cuomo declared this influenza season aÂ statewide public health emergency.
At Urgent Care Manhattan on Amsterdam Avenue and W. 69th St., Dr. MarkÂ Melrose, an emergency physician and co-owner, ran out Saturday after doling outÂ 10 times the normal number of flu shots.
He said normally, during flu season, his office injects 2 or 3 people a day.Â On Saturday, his office administered 20 to 30 shots.
Melrose said he should be restocked by early next week. He said he’s noticedÂ an uptick in people with the flu or flu like symptoms. He said aroundÂ Thanksgiving, about 50 people a day came in with flu symptoms. Now, he’s seeingÂ 75 to 80 people.
The governor also issued an executive order allowing pharmacists to give fluÂ shots to patients ages 6 months to 18 years.
New York parents Sunday were scrambling to find locations with shots inÂ stock.
Nanny Ethlyn Singh couldn’t find a flu shot for her 18-year-old son. SheÂ said she struck out at both a Rite Aid in Queens and at the CVS on Manhattan’sÂ 100th Street.
“Of course I’m concerned,” she said. “Kids can die. It’s terrible. A lot ofÂ kids have died already. It’s terrible. It’s so terrible… I don’t want him toÂ get sick. He’s my only son.”
At Duane Reade on Broadway and W. 63rd St., staffers were telling customersÂ who wanted flu shots to head to the chain’s 72nd St. location instead.
“We ran out last Friday,” an employee said.
Source: NY Daily News