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Bike rider

Thursday, December 3, 2009
New Report from the Health Department Links Active Transportation to Better Health
Fewer than half of adult New Yorkers get recommended levels of physical activity, but a new report highlights an easy way to be less sedentary. New York is one of the nation’s most foot-friendly cities, and people who take advantage of that fact are likely to be healthier for it. New Yorkers’ activity levels vary widely, but people who integrate physical activity into daily life report better health and less mental distress.

Baby names

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Health Department Announces New York City’s Favorite Baby Names for 2008
Sophia and Jayden have emerged as the top baby names in New York City for 2008, edging out Isabella and Daniel for the top spots. 1,383 New York City newborns were named Sophia or Jayden last year, compared to 1,385 in 2007. There were no dark horses among this year’s winners; four of the top five girls’ names were on last year’s list (Olivia eclipsed Kayla this year) – as were four of the top five boys’ names (David replaced Justin). Yet innovation continues to thrive at the fringe. While grinding out Michaels, Matthews and Sarahs last year, New York City also gave the world more than a dozen Keons and Clementines.

World Aids Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Marking World AIDS Day, the Health Department Reports that HIV Infections Continue to Rise among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men; New Studies Confirm Risky Behaviors
To commemorate World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1, the Health Department released new data to highlight continuing challenges in the struggle to contain HIV. The number of new HIV diagnoses has not changed significantly in recent years, and the number of new diagnoses among men who have sex with men continues its alarming trend upwards.

Get vaccinated

Friday, November 20, 2009
City Hosts Third Weekend of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
For the third time this month, the Health Department will conduct H1N1 vaccination clinics in all five boroughs this Saturday and Sunday (November 21 and 22). People in the following groups will be able to receive vaccine at these clinics:
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone 4 through 24 years old
  • People 25 through 64 with health conditions that make influenza more dangerous. These include asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung conditions, kidney failure, or a weakened immune system.
  • Anyone who lives with or cares for children less than 6 months old
  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients and cannot receive vaccine through their employers.


Flu Line

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Health Department Announces Launch of NYC FluLine
As part of a continued effort to prepare for the peak of influenza season, the city will launch the NYC FluLine on Thursday, November 19, the Health Department announced today. Through this service, 311 operators will provide concerned New Yorkers with information on what to do if they or a family member feels sick with flu-like illness (fever with cough or sore throat). Callers with symptoms of influenza will be connected to registered nurses, who will provide information and advice on whether to seek care. For concerned patients who don’t have or can’t reach a regular health care provider, NYC FluLine is an alternative to standing in line at a hospital emergency department. The call-center nurses will not make diagnoses or prescribe treatments, but they will advise callers about whether to see a doctor or stay home. When necessary, on-call nurses will refer people to clinics, facilitating timely treatment while preventing unnecessary visits to emergency departments. Operators at 311 will not direct emergency calls to NYC FluLine.


Saturday, November 14, 2009
Health Department Report Finds Continued Rise in Diabetes
Diabetes continues to rise in New York City, consigning tens of thousands of New Yorkers to possible disability and early death, and also fueling racial and economic disparities in health. A new report, Diabetes Among New York City Adults, finds that 9.1% of adult New Yorkers carried the diagnosis in 2007 – an increase of 13%, or 68,000 cases, since 2002. The recognized citywide rate now significantly exceeds the national rate (7.5%) and threatens to climb even higher. An estimated 200,000 New Yorkers have undiagnosed diabetes. Some 23% have blood-sugar levels that place them on the borderline, and more than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese – conditions that greatly increase the risk of diabetes.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Health Department Expands Weekend H1N1 Vaccination Clinics To Cover People with Underlying Health Conditions
The Health Department announced that it is further expanding its weekend H1N1 vaccination clinics to cover a broader range of New Yorkers. Starting this weekend – November 14th and 15th – vaccine will be available at temporary centers in all five boroughs for anyone 4 to 24 years old, anyone who is pregnant, anyone in close contact with newborns, and people age 25 to 64 with a medical condition that makes influenza more dangerous.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Strong Demand for Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Strains Supplies
With H1N1 influenza dominating the headlines, New Yorkers have turned out in record numbers for seasonal flu shots this fall – depleting vaccine supplies and prompting the Health Department to issue new recommendations for vaccination. The agency continues to recommend seasonal vaccine for all children between 6 months and 18 years of age, for all adults 65 and older, and for people with underlying health conditions that increase the risk of complications from influenza. But until vaccine supplies increase, health officials are suspending the recommendation to vaccinate healthy, non-elderly adults.

School vaccination

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
City Officials Announce First Weekend H1N1 Vaccination Centers for Students
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 clinics – 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 and at vaccination sites, and anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

School vaccination

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
City Officials Launch School-Based H1N1 Vaccination Program
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today marked the beginning of a three-phase initiative to vaccinate the city’s school-age population against H1N1 influenza. The first phase starts today at 125 public elementary school buildings with enrollments of less than 400. Phase two starts November 4 in school buildings with enrollments of more than 600, and the third phase begins November 9 in the remaining schools. Vaccinations will continue at participating elementary schools for approximately eight weeks. Non-public schools that choose to participate in the city’s vaccination effort will also receive vaccine during this period. Weekend vaccine sites for middle-school and high-school students will be held in each borough starting in November.

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