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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 104-06
Monday, November 13, 2006

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:
Andrew Tucker (212) 788-5290; atucker@health.nyc.gov


MEDIA ADVISORY: HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER FREE FLU SHOTS AT SPECIAL SITES IN ALL 5 BOROUGHS THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

News Editors: Please Include on Your Community Calendars through Saturday, 11/18

WHAT: To protect New Yorkers against the flu this season, especially in communities with low vaccination rates and for those at high risk of serious illness or death from influenza, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will offer flu shots to anyone aged 4 and older at special one-day clinics this Saturday, November 18, from 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Important messages for the public:

  • There is no cost to you for the flu shot.
  • No appointment is needed.
  • You cannot get the flu from a flu shot.
  • You need this year's flu shot to protect against this year's flu.
  • People who should get a flu shot every year include: people aged 50 and older, young children, people with chronic illness, pregnant women and healthcare workers.
  • New Yorkers can get their flu shot from their doctor or from a City location, but any New York City resident who has not had a flu shot yet is encouraged to get one on Saturday, November 18.
  • No ID is required and services will be provided regardless of immigration status.

Getting a flu shot on November 18 will not only protect New Yorkers from the flu, but will also help the City prepare for emergencies by allowing DOHMH to operate large-scale vaccination clinics called Points of Dispensing (PODs) that might be used in a public health emergency.

WHEN:
THIS SATURDAY, November 18, 2006
8:00A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Bronx: Theodore Roosevelt HS, 500E. Fordham Road
Brooklyn: P.S. 6, (46 Snyder Avenue)
Manhattan: Mary McLeod Bethune School, 222 W. 134th St
Queens: Hillcrest HS, 160-05 Highland Avenue
Staten Island: I.S. 61, William Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Avenue

For information about who should get a flu shot and DOHMH's other flu clinic hours, or for information about getting a flu shot for children under the age of 4, call your doctor, call 3-1-1 or visit nyc.gov/health/flu.

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