1. EPIDEMIC

    Cuomo: NY 'Public Health Emergency'

    Nurse Debbie Smerk, left, administers a flu shot to Pamela Black at  MetroHealth Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. The flu season arrived early in the U.S. this year, but health officials and experts say it's too early to say this will be a bad one. Experts say evidence so far is pointing to a moderate flu season - it just looks worse because last year's season was so mild. Flu usually doesn't blanket the country until late January or February. Now, it's already widespread in more than 40 states. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Flu shot administered in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP)

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared New York State a public health emergency Saturday as the flu epidemic continued to wreak havoc on the nation. The flu officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States Friday, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting 47 states with "widespread flu epidemic." The flu's corresponding vaccine is proving 62 percent effective. New York City and Boston are being hit particularly hard, with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino declaring his city a public health emergency Thursday.

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