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November 6, 2013

Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal Influenza: New York State’s Mandate to Vaccinate or Mask

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York
  • 2New York State Department of Health, New York, New York
JAMA. 2013;310(17):1797-1798. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280633

New York State and the nation as a whole experienced one of the worst influenza seasons in a decade during the winter of 2012-2013. In the peak week ending January 19, 2013, New York alone reported more than 5000 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, more than 1120 hospitalizations as a result of influenza, and 5 flu-related pediatric deaths. By the season’s end, more than 45 000 cases had been confirmed, more than 9500 people had been hospitalized, and 14 children had died.1