Efforts to fight flu outbreak across the country
Anna Kooiman reports from New York City
- Duration 3:38
- Date Jan 14, 2013
Anna Kooiman reports from New York City
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Going efforts to fight the flu -- this country the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Calling it this week an epidemic people across the nation definitely taking extra precautions.
The lines and very long at this clinic for example in Massachusetts people waiting to get their flu vaccines in the Boston area.
Were officials declared a public health emergency Asian may know last week and in Nebraska.
A similar scene with hundreds of people lining up to get their shots health officials saying it does make a difference.
Every day you've had a flu shot -- better protected than you -- before.
Can never know when you're gonna you know cross that nasty virus and it could be a problem -- you.
There are a lot of other ways to be careful so let's say the experts one man -- North Carolina taking no chances even when it comes to putting gas in his car.
You know I never thought about to get books that it you know they -- by taking did so I can imagine it would -- pretty dirty.
You know you never know what you get in contact -- -- ever day thank you run into.
-- pretty soon we'll be able to touch with -- anything the flu widespread in 47 states all except California Hawaii and Mississippi at this point.
And -- -- and has been on the story for us from our New York City newsroom and a what's the latest.
Well here's -- -- Intel using years past when the fluids in the headlines there's often a run on flu vaccine and this year strain H three and two.
Is particularly nasty making people sick -- for even longer hospitals around the country has seen spikes in flu related admissions and deaths.
Public health officials say some places are experiencing shortages.
Patients are having to -- on shipments to come then.
As of yesterday evening 123 flu vaccines.
And right now I think we have one or two left in a refrigerator just says -- -- of -- -- this clueless.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But physicians are urging Americans to be persistent because vaccine is still available and now is the time to get the shot.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC.
The vaccine is 62%.
Effective in preventing the flu and it takes two weeks to work.
The vaccine is designed to not only help patients who get vaccinated.
But it also helps overall in the entire community because fewer people are contagious an -- that are spreading the virus around.
Some hospitals are telling workers that they must get the flu shot and some people and even lost their jobs over refusing to do so.
There is nearly 130 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed and so far at least 112.
Well and you saw the gentleman at the gas station saying be careful of what you -- and we've been getting information out but critics have really been slapping us in the media saying that were hyping the flu but doctors say.
It actually is helping to get the word out -- the public is responding to -- -- public health officials are saying the media has really helped raise awareness to the common population.
-- the very young the very old in those with underlying conditions are most at risk.
They also -- to visit the doctor Moore and get their shots during other scheduled visits.
So -- I think he's -- goofy looking around many of the patients were coming in today although not all of them.
Our younger folks do.
They're -- they're.
How some people are getting with the proven to be protected.
Physicians caution everyone to wash their hands -- into disinfect surfaces like computers and cell -- the virus is easily spread on planes and trains in common places like.
Escalators ATMs and here's even there at the handle the gas pump like we just saw that -- North Carolina and be -- ever so careful about.
And -- them thank you very much.