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Cuomo gets flu shot -- and we get to watch

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.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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