By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Seeking to highlight the worsening flu problem this winter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a short bit will be getting a flu shot. They've invited the press corps, which sat through nearly two hours of State of the State events yesterday, to come view the needle jab.
UPDATE: The governor did not cry but kept smiling as Dr. Nirav Shah, the state health commissioner who even wore his white lab coat for the event, stuck the needle in his right arm.
The health commissioner urged all New Yorkers to get the flu vaccine and said it is not to late in the flu season for the drug to be effective. He said last year's flu season saw only 4,400 lab-confirmed cases of the flu; this year has skyrocketed to more than 19,000 since October, with over 2,800 people hospitalized around the state.