United States is facing one of the strongest cases of flu in recent times, about to reach epidemic levels with high chances that extends to Europe, Asia and other regions. Officials of the Center for Disease Control of the United States (CDC) reported that 47 states are now affected by the wave of flu.
Specialists recommend that everyone older than six months, with some exceptions, need to be vaccinated. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk, such as children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, and 65 years old or more.
The state of New York is suffering its worst flu outbreak in years, around 2.884 people have been hospitalized with the flu in New York, so on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency. Pharmacists in New York were authorized to sell vaccines to those over 18 years old.
According to the Department of Health of New York, so far, more than 20.000 cases have been reported this season, far more than in the 2011-2012 season, when they were 4.400.