New York City health officials are recommending a $50-a-pill flu vaccine, after finding some children are showing more signs of flu and other symptoms after taking the vaccine.
The recommended vaccine will be given to about 5 million people in the U.S. by the end of September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s the first time the city has recommended a flu shot in the United States.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday that the vaccination was necessary “given the pandemic.”
The city’s department of health said the shots will go to children ages 6 months and older.
“It’s important for children to get the shot because of the pandemics’ impact on them,” Dr. Eric Lander, the health department’s director of infectious disease and immunization, said in the statement.
It was also announced Tuesday that Gov.
Andrew Cuomo has also ordered a flu vaccination.
The governor’s office said he had been informed about the outbreak.
Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to CNNMoney’s request for comment.
“The governor is aware of the outbreak, has been briefed on the situation, and is actively taking steps to help the public get the flu vaccine as soon as possible,” his office said.
In addition to the vaccine, New York state health officials will also distribute an additional 300,000 doses of the flu shot, which is the first step in giving the vaccines to those who are already eligible.
They will distribute the flu shots to about 4.5 million people, the state health department said.
The state also announced that a new vaccine will go out on Wednesday.
The plan also includes a new flu shot for the first few weeks of the season, according the governor’s website.
“These shots are designed to prevent serious illness and to help prevent the spread of the disease,” Lander said.