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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 069-09
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: (212) 788-5290
Jessica Scaperotti/Erin Brady: PressOffice@health.nyc.gov


City Officials Announce First Weekend H1N1 Vaccination Centers for Students

Two-day clinics will operate on five weekends in November and December, starting this Saturday. Initiative targets middle- and high-school students in all five boroughs.

November 3, 2009 – Today the Health Department announced details of a five-week effort to provide free H1N1 vaccine to middle and high school students in all five boroughs. Through a series of weekend vaccination clilnics – held at varying locations in each borough during November and December – the City will ensure that all school-age New Yorkers have a chance to get the H1N1 vaccine. Though intended for middle- and high-school students, the weekend vaccination centers will also serve elementary school students (ages 4 and older) who have not been vaccinated in their schools or at their doctors’ offices. All students 18 and under must present signed parental consent forms, which are available in 10 languages at nyc.gov/flu and at vaccination sites, and anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The first weekend vaccination clinics will be held this Saturday and Sunday, at sites in all five boroughs. Each is intended for children from nearby zip codes and will operate for one weekend only. To prevent overcrowding and long lines, City officials are asking parents to find the date and location of the vaccination center nearest their home, and report to that site on the appropriate weekend. Parents with computer access can find their designated weekend site by typing their zip code into the locator at nyc.gov/flu. Schedules and locations are also available through 311.

The City has emphasized vaccinating children because they are especially susceptible to H1N1 influenza and because immunizing children also helps prevent the spread of infection from children to adults in the community. “If a child cannot be vaccinated by a primary care physician, we strongly encourage families to take advantage of this vaccination initiative,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “Besides protecting their own children from influenza, parents who take this opportunity to have their children immunized will help prevent the spread of the virus to others.  Getting children immunized may in fact be the best way to protect adults from this infection.”

The H1N1 vaccine comes in two forms: an injection and a nasal spray. Children may receive one form or the other depending on information parents provide on the consent and screening forms. Children under 10 years old will need two doses of the vaccine to get full protection. The H1N1 vaccine is produced by the same process as seasonal influenza vaccines, and it has undergone the same testing. Influenza vaccines can cause mild side effects, but serious reactions are exceedingly rare.

The H1N1 virus typically causes several days of fever, cough and sore throat. Most people recover quickly without treatment, but the infection can cause severe illness or death, especially among people with underlying health conditions. Because certain people are at increased risk of complications from H1N1 influenza, vaccination is especially important for them. The following people should receive the H1N1 vaccine:

  • People 6 months to 24 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Health care and emergency medical workers
  • People aged 25 to 64 years with long-term health problems
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months.

People not being served by these weekend clinics can also find a regular clinic location to receive H1N1 vaccine at www.nyc.gov/flu. More information about H1N1 influenza, and the City’s vaccination efforts, is available at nyc.gov/flu or cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

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Attachment: Weekend Student Vaccination sites for November 7 and 8.
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Weekend Student Vaccination sites for November 7 and 8

Bronx

Vaccination Site

Location

Priority Zip Codes

I.S. 313 / I.S. 339 (X147)

1600 Webster Avenue

10453, 10457, 10459, 10460

 

 

Brooklyn

Vaccination Site

Location

Priority Zip Codes

P.S. 506/503

330 59th Street

11209, 11219, 11220, 11231, 11232

Teachers Prep High School (K175)

226 Bristol Street

11207, 11212, 11233, 11236, 11239

 

 

Manhattan

Vaccination Site

Location

Priority Zip Codes

Marta Valle Secondary School (M025)

145 Stanton Street

 

10002, 10003, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10008, 10009, 10012, 10013, 10038, 10041, 10043, 10045, 10047, 10048, 10055, 10080, 10081, 10213, 10242, 10249, 10256, 10260, 10265, 10268, 10269, 10270, 10271, 10272, 10273, 10274, 10275, 10276, 10277, 10278, 10279, 10280, 10281, 10282, 10285, 10286, 10292, 11201, 11202, 11241, 11242, 11243, 11245, 11249, 11251

 

 

Queens

Vaccination Site

Location

Priority Zip Codes

J.H.S.217 Robert Van Wyck (Q217)

85-05 144th Street

 

11366, 11367, 11375, 11405, 11411, 11412, 11413, 11415, 11422, 11423, 11424, 11425, 11428, 11429, 11431, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436, 11439, 11451, 11499

I.S. Frank Sansiveiri   (Q073)

70-02 54th Avenue

11378, 11379

 

 

Staten Island

Vaccination Site

Location

Priority Zip Codes

I.S. 27 Anning S. Prall (R027)

11 Clove Lake Place

10301, 10304, 10305, 10310, 10313