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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the weekend announced a state-wide health emergency after a flu epidemic has affected nearly 20,000 New Yorkers already this year. 

Last year, only 4,000 people across the state came down with the virus throughout the entire season. Genesee County had 107 confirmed cases of the flu as of Friday. There were 90 cases all of last season in the county and the season generally ends in May.

Cuomo issued an Executive Order to allow pharmacists to administer flu shots to anyone over six months of age. Normally, state law only allows the vaccine to be given to people over 18.

So far, 18 children across the U.S., including two from New York, have died as a result of this year's outbreak.

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