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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 001-13
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jean Weinberg/Chanel Caraway: Pressoffice@health.nyc.gov


Dr. Farley Recommends Flu Vaccination

“Influenza activity in New York City is increasing and we encourage any New Yorkers who have not received their flu vaccination to do so immediately. The vaccine is available at numerous sites throughout the city including local drugstores, most doctors’ offices and Health Department immunization clinics. Call 311 or use the city’s flu clinic locator to find a place to get vaccinated.

Emergency departments are seeing more patients, and we ask NYC residents with flu symptoms to first contact their primary care medical provider, rather than seek care at an emergency department. Outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes and because flu can be particularly dangerous in the elderly, we urge nursing homes in New York City to vaccinate their staff and residents, restrict visits by potentially sick family members, and respond quickly to any possible case of flu in their facility.”

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