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School vaccination

Monday, October 19, 2009
In Preparation for School-Based H1N1 Vaccination Efforts, Parents of Elementary School Students Will Start Receiving Consent Forms This Week
This week, New York City’s elementary school students will begin taking home H1N1 information packets that include vaccination consent and screening forms for the City’s upcoming school-based vaccination initiative. By signing and returning the forms – also available in 10 languages at – parents can have their children vaccinated free-of-charge against the H1N1 influenza virus. The packets will be sent home with children over the next two weeks, starting today. All materials are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.

Proper Use of Antibiotics

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It’s Time to Get Smart: Week-long Initiative Promotes the Proper Use of Antibiotics
“If you have a cold, or the flu, antibiotics won’t work for you!” This is one of the main messages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want people to take away from its second annual “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Week,” from October 5 to 11. Antibiotics become less effective when overused, because harmful bacteria have more opportunities to develop resistance to them. To combat this important public health problem, the Health Department will observe Get Smart Week at community events throughout the city.

Get Vaccinated

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
First Shipments of H1N1 Vaccine Arrive in New York City
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs and Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner, visited the Montefiore Medical Center as children and health care workers received some of the City’s first doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine. The event marks the beginning of the city-wide H1N1 vaccination program that Mayor Bloomberg announced last month.


Saturday, October 3, 2009
Health Department and Department of Education Launch Week-Long Vaccination Effort to Test Vaccine Distribution in Schools across the City
In preparation for this fall’s school-based H1N1 vaccination effort, the Health Department and the Department of Education will hold a week-long vaccination program in six New York City schools next week. From Monday to Friday, trained nurses will administer the seasonal influenza vaccine to the approximately 700 students whose parents have completed consent forms.


Thursday, October 1, 2009
Health Department Launches City’s New Influenza Web Portal
Up-to-date information on influenza and vaccine locations is now just a click away with the launch of a new Web portal. By visiting, New Yorkers can now find all influenza-related information – from surveillance data to information on schools and vaccination sites – in one place.

Prevent Child Lead Poisoning

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
New Data Show that Child Lead Poisonings Fell by 19% in New York City Last Year
The number of children with lead poisoning dropped by 19% in New York City last year, the Health Department announced today in its annual report to the New York City Council. In 2008, there were1,572 newly identified poisonings among children between 6 months and 6 years of age, marking a 92% decline since 1995, when nearly 20,000 lead poisoning cases were reported.

Is Your Afternoon ‘Pick-Me-Up’ Weighing You Down?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Is Your Afternoon ‘Pick-Me-Up’ Weighing You Down?
They may taste like coffee, but when it comes to calories, the blended beverages sold at coffee chains are in a class by themselves. The Health Department recently surveyed the drinks purchased at coffee chains in New York City. The results – published this week in the online journal Preventing Chronic Disease – shed new light on a topic that has attracted little attention in nutritional research until now.

Mayor Bloomberg

Monday, September 14, 2009
Mayor Bloombergand Health Commissioner Farley Unveil New Citywide Health Goals for 2012
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley today unveiled New York City’s ambitious new health policy – Take Care New York 2012 – outlining the City’s plan to improve the health of New Yorkers by targeting 10 leading causes of preventable sickness and death, including lung cancer, heart disease and HIV.

Anthony: cigarettes rob a family of a loved one.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Health Department Launches New TV Spot to Show How Smoking-Related Deaths Affect Families
The health consequences of smoking are no secret. People who smoke die on average 14 years younger than those who do not smoke, and often endure years of progressive illness along the way. As the Health Department reminds New Yorkers in a new televised ad campaign, smokers themselves are not the only ones who suffer. Every time cigarettes claim another victim – as happened 7,400 times in New York City last year – they also rob a family of a loved one.

Mayor Bloomberg

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg and City Officials Announce Strategy for Protecting New Yorkers During the Upcoming Flu Season
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that this fall and winter, the City will offer free flu mist and flu shots for H1N1 to elementary school students whose parents want them to receive it; encourage New Yorkers to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting flu shots or flu mist for H1N1 and seasonal flu; help people with influenza-like illness manage their symptoms and find care; work with hospitals to ensure the availability of expanded emergency room capacity if it is needed; and designate primary-care clinics as "flu centers" that can give flu shots, information and outpatient care. These recommendations are the result of the work performed by 15 interagency working groups that have been meeting throughout the summer.

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