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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 009-06
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

DOHMH - MEDIA CONTACT: (212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
Sandra Mullin (smullin@health.nyc.gov);
Andrew Tucker (atucker@health.nyc.gov);
Sara Markt (smarkt@health.nyc.gov);


FLU IS INCREASING CITYWIDE

Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers: “Don’t get the flu, get the shot”

NEW YORK CITY – February 7, 2006 – Flu is increasing in New York City and residents who haven't been vaccinated are urged to get a flu shot now to prevent the flu this season. Flu-related visits to emergency departments citywide have increased markedly and there have been several outbreaks in City nursing homes.

“Flu shots prevent illness and save lives,” said Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “All New Yorkers should talk to their doctor about getting a flu shot or call 311 for information about a no-cost flu shot. The elderly, children between 6 and 23 months, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions are at highest risk of hospitalization or death from influenza and are especially urged to get vaccinated. For those who have colds or flu, covering your cough and staying home if you have fever will help prevent the spread of illness.”

Who Should Get an Annual Flu Shot
  • • People age 50 and older, especially those 65 and older;
  • • Children age 6 to 23 months;
  • • Pregnant women;
  • • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities;
  • • Health care workers;
  • • Persons age 6 months and older with long-term health problems, such as: diabetes; lung disease, including asthma; heart disease; kidney disease; sickle cell anemia; immune system problems (including people with HIV/AIDS, and those being treated for cancer or taking high-dose steroids); conditions that can cause breathing problems (such as cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders); children age 6 months to 18 years on long-term aspirin therapy;
  • • Caregivers and household members of all people listed above, especially those in contact with infants younger than 6 months (babies this age can get the flu, but are too young for a flu shot).
DOHMH Flu Shot Clinics (Clinics are closed on City holidays)
CLINIC POPULATION SERVED DAYS/TIMES OF OPERATION TRAVEL DIRECTIONS
Tremont Health Center
1826 Arthur Avenue - 1st Fl.
Bronx, New York
Btwn: Cross Bronx Expwy & Tremont Ave.
Children >= 4 years of age and Adults Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:30 AM to - 2:30 PM
#2 or #5 train to East Tremont Ave-West Farms Square, or # 4 train to Burnside Ave, then #40 or #42 bus to Arthur Ave
Chelsea Health Center
303 Ninth Avenue - 1st Fl.
Manhattan, New York
Btwn: 27th & 28th Sts.
Children >= 4 years of age and Adults Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
8:30 AM to - 2:30 PM
C or E train to West 23rd Street or #1 train to West 28th Street
Corona Health Center
34-33 Junction Blvd - Basement Level
Queens, New York
Btwn: 34th Ave. & 34th Rd.
Adults Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8:30 AM to - 2:30 PM
#7 train to Junction Boulevard
Homecrest Health Center
1601 Avenue S - 1st Fl
Brooklyn, New York
Btwn: East 16th & E 17th Sts.
Children >= 4 years of age and Adults Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 AM to - 2:30 PM
B or Q train to Kings Highway, or Q train to Ave. U
Richmond Health Center
51 Stuyvesant Place - 1st floor
Staten Island, New York
Btwn: Wall St & Richmond Terrace
Adults (Flu and Pneumonia Shots) Monday
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

There is ample flu vaccine available to medical providers. Doctors can order more flu vaccine for this season online at nyc.gov/health/flu or by calling the Provider Access Line at 866-NYC-DOH1. Doctors should also place their orders for next flu season now.

For more information about flu shots or preventing the flu, visit nyc.gov/health/flu or call 311.

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