Hochul declares polio state of emergency for New York

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The order permits emergency services staff, midwives, or pharmacists, to provide polio vaccine.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York declared the state of emergency on Friday in response to the growing polio epidemic,

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as a way to give health care professionals tools to limit the spread of 

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the dangerous virus before it takes an even greater hold on the state.

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The order permits emergency medical service workers pharmacists, midwives,

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 and other emergency service personnel to administer the vaccine against polio.

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The order also requires health professionals to provide polio vaccination data for New York

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health officials so they can decide where in the state they should focus vaccination efforts.

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"On polio, we simply cannot roll the dice," Dr. Mary T. Bassett the state

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health commissioner issued a statement on Friday. "Do not wait to vaccinate."

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