Death of 8-year-old girl in Queens deemed flu-related

Death of 8-year-old girl in Queens deemed flu-related

NY is experiencing its worst flu season in 10 years and saw a 50 percent increase in confirmed flu cases and a 21 percent jump in hospitalizations over the past week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week.

This year's season is the worst since the swine flu pandemic in 2009, according to state health officials. The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot.

"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Cuomo said.

An 8-year-old Queens girl was diagnosed with the flu on Sunday and prescribed Tamiflu - and by Monday morning she was dead, the second New York City child fatality from the virus in a week, sources told The Post.

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The severity of this year's flu season can be observed through the stark increase in emergency room visits for flu-like symptoms.

That's 30% higher than the peak rate last year, and the highest number in at least four years.

Exacerbating the problem, the flu vaccine developed for this year is effective in just 10 percent to 20 percent of the cases recorded.

"You reduce your chance of getting the flu by about a third".

Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers 6 months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas also reminded New Yorkers they have the right to sick leave.

For more information about the Paid Sick Leave Law or to file a complaint, call 311 or visit the site.

According to the website, if residents work more than 80 hours a year for an employer that has five or more employees, they can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year.

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