NY Declares Swine Flu Emergency

Measure allows dentists, pharmacists to help vaccinate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 2:00 AM CDT
NY Declares Swine Flu Emergency
Eva Graziano of the Albany County Department of Health refrigerates swine flu vaccine in Albany, N.Y..   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A surge in swine flu cases in New York state prompted Gov. David Paterson to declare a state of emergency yesterday. The move expands the categories of health care professionals who can administer the H1N1 vaccine, once a lot of it is available, to include dentists, pharmacists, podiatrists. While the state has seen 75 swine flu deaths since April, Paterson stressed that the order should be no cause for panic, CNN reports.

Nine other states have taken, or are about to take, similar moves, the New York Times reports. . (More swine flu stories.)

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