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