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New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene

Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Business Hours (212) 788-5260
After Business Hours (212) 764-7667; (877) 640-1347
Monday, December 16, 2002
 

PRESS ADVISORY:

DEPUTY MAYOR WALCOTT, HEALTH COMMISSIONER FRIEDEN, AND AGING COMMISSIONER MENDEZ-SANTIAGO TO MEET WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS IN HARLEM TO PROMOTE NEED FOR INCREASED FLU IMMUNIZATIONS AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS
AND OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

WHAT:Each year, the flu causes more than 100,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 deaths nationwide. Many of these serious illnesses and deaths can be prevented by annual flu vaccinations among those ages 50 and over, as well as those with underlying medical conditions. In New York City, adult influenza and pneumonia immunization rates – especially in communities of color – are lower than the national average. This breakfast with Harlem community leaders is an opportunity to discuss how to increase awareness of influenza, and how to improve vaccination rates in communities of color.
WHO:Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, and Department for the Aging Commissioner Edwin Méndez-Santiago.
WHEN:Tuesday, December 17, 8:30 – 10:30 A.M. Members of the press invited to stay for duration of the event.
WHERE:Harlem Hospital Corporation, 506 Lenox Ave. (135th Street and Lenox Ave.), 2nd Floor of the MLK Pavilion at the Herbert G. Cave Auditorium.


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