The day after an 8-year-old girl from Queens died from flu-related symptoms during the state's worst flu season in more than a decade, New York City health officials urged residents to get flu shots - and stay home if they are sick.
Getting the flu shot reduces the odds you'll get the flu, and typically makes the symptoms milder if you come down with it anyway..
Police said the girl was diagnosed with the flu and was being treated for the virus.
To find a flu vaccine near you, visit: www.vaccinefinder.org.
Two kids have died of the flu so far this season. About 6.5 percent of emergency room visits since October can be attributed to the flu - the highest number in four years.
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While many healthy individuals who are infected with the flu will recover without issue, infants, toddlers, and those ages 65 years and older are at greater risk for developing serious complications. No details have been released about the second child, other than saying it was a pediatric patient from New York City.
Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to combat the flu epidemic, allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18.
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas also reminded New Yorkers they have the right to sick leave.
Bassett said that people who are sick with the flu or flu-like symptoms should stay home, noting they are likely covered by sick leave as required by the city's Paid Sick Leave Act.
The law, enacted in 2013 and expanded in 2014, requires employers to allot one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked by an employee. "Workers whose employers don't provide sick leave, or employers with questions about how to comply, should contact us by calling 311 or visit nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave".