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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 107-06
Friday, November 17, 2006

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


MEDIA ADVISORY: FREE FLU SHOTS WILL BE GIVEN AT SPECIAL SITES TOMORROW SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Health Commissioner Frieden will Answer Questions about Flu and Emergency Preparedness at Manhattan Site at 11:00 A.M.

WHAT: The New York City Health Department will offer free flu shots to anyone aged 4 and older at special one-day clinics tomorrow 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, and 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.
  • No ID is required and services will be provided regardless of immigration status.

Getting a flu shot on November 18 will protect New Yorkers from the flu, and will also help the City prepare for emergencies by allowing DOH to practice opening large-scale vaccination clinics called Points of Dispensing (PODs) that might be used in a public health emergency.

WHEN:
TOMORROW, 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
**Dr. Frieden will answer questions about flu at 11:00 A.M., at the Manhattan site**

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, DOH’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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