Southern Tier Fighting Flu

By Jillian Marshall

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 19,000 cases of the flu in New York prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend to issue a Public Health Emergency, urging residents to get a flu shot.

But research shows few follow that advice, including in the Southern Tier.

Supervising Pharmacist of The Medicine Shoppe in Binghamton, Karin Conn, said this year the flu hit early. As a result, Conn said her shop is administering 12 to 15 shots a day.

Conn said she has administered approximately 325 flu vaccines since October, and she is keeping the vaccine in stock.

Susan Blythe, immunization program manager for Broome County Health Department, said she thinks people don't get their flu shot because of flu-shot myths. For example, some think they can get sick just from getting the shot.

"You can't get sick from the flu shot,' said Dr. Stephen Gomez, chairman of emergency medicine at UHS. "You can have a localized reaction to any shot, it can be a little red a little sore on your arm, but you're not going to get the flu from the flu shot."

Conn has a way to keep those afraid of needles protected. She said she uses a nasal spray and not an injection.

"We're hoping that will help us with the kids," she says.

The Broome County Health Department is offering a walk-in clinic Wednesday at it's office in Binghamton. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $25. The health department says those who are unable to pay will not be turned away.

For more information on the Broome County Health Department's clinic click here.

For a list of local pharmacies that administer the vaccine click here.

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