News headlines have been filled for days with doomsayer puns about the rapidly spreading and unique strain of influenza that's threatening the U.S. this year.

Governor Cuomo declared a public health emergency on Saturday, giving pharmacists permission to administer the flu vaccination to more people, in an attempt to combat the epidemic. Yahoo News reports that 'there has been 19,128 cases of influenza this season, compared with 4,404 cases for the entire 2011-2012 season.'

"We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York state is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City,"


Cuomo said on Saturday (according to Yahoo News)

The greatest change in availability is for children 6 months old to 18 years old. Typically, that age range would be excluded from receiving the vaccination in New York. Now that Governor Cuomo has lifted that age restriction, it's strongly advised that entire families seek out the vaccine in an attempt to block the flu.

Want to stave off joining the afflicted in "Flu York?"

Your best bet is getting a flu shot as soon as possible. Broome County has already experienced 438 confirmed cases of flu this season according to our local Fox affiliate Here is a wrap-up list of where to find flu shots in Binghamton:

CVS Pharmacy has flu shots available every day in every store according to their official website. Cash or insurance is accepted.

There are several CVS Pharmacy locations in Binghamton:

68 Main Street
(607) 773-8338

249 Main Street
(607) 729-5066

34 Court Street
(607) 722-2351

50 Pennsylvania Avenue
(607) 772-0656

34 West State Street
(607) 722-2331

163 Robinson Street
(607) 722-4976

1276 Upper Front Street
(607) 722-0354

Target is another chain dedicated to providing flu shots to communities. Walk-ins are welcome and insurance is also accepted.

Target is located on the Vestal Parkway:

3112 Vestal Pkwy E
Vestal, NY, 13850
(607) 729-6611

Broome County Health Department had a walk-in clinic last Wednesday, but there's no official word on whether they'll hold another, yet. Please check back in for more details.

Broome County Health Department is located at:

225 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Consult with your personal physician. They may be providing shots in-office and can accommodate special circumstances.