Flu Causes Emergency Situation

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - The flu is spreading like wild fire and it is getting so bad that Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a Public Health Emergency in New York State.

This declaration allows pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to patients ages six-months to adult. Now, some popular pharmacies, including CVS, are running out and turning people away.

Locally, the Visiting Nurses Immunization Program has been traveling across the area giving flu shots. They went to Williamsville over the weekend, administering 200 shots. The nurses said it is the peak of flu season and it is not too late to get the shot.

"It takes about 2 weeks to develop full immunity so it's not too late. If you do get sick you have to go to the doctor for medicine within the first 48 hours," Director of Visiting Nurses Immunization Program Donna Sauer said.

Now, many public places, including True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo, are taking precautions. Officials are installing hand sanitizers, cleaning furniture and disinfecting door handles after every service.

"Normally the door handles and those type of things might be cleaned once a
Week. They're now being cleaned daily," Pastor Darius Pridgen said.

Experts said it takes two week after getting a flu shot to develop immunity, but it's still not too late to get one.