|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2007
NYC Public Hospitals Urge Staten Island Residents to Get Flu Shots
HHC offers free shots until March 31
New York City – The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced a campaign urging Staten Island residents who have not been vaccinated to get a flu shot and help reduce the high rates of flu and pneumonia deaths in the borough.
According to a recent New York City Department of Health report, residents of Staten Island have a higher mortality rate compared to other New York City residents, 67.2 per 100,000 versus 33 per 100,000. In response to the report, HHC is expanding the times and locations that residents can get free flu shots without an appointment and advertisements urging Staten Islanders to get vaccinated have been placed in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Residents can visit one of the following locations until the end of March:
Mondays: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm - Richmond Health Center - 51 Stuyvesant Place
Tuesdays & Thursdays (Ends March 8, 2007): 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Coral Island Shopping Center - Richmond Avenue & Victory Boulevard
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm - Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation
Center & Home 460 Brielle Avenue
Who Should Get an Annual Flu Shot:
- People age 50 and older, especially those 65 and older;
- Children age 6 to 23 months;
- Pregnant women;
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities;
- Health care workers;
- Persons age 6 months and older with long-term chronic health problems, such as: diabetes; lung disease, including asthma; heart disease; kidney disease; sickle cell anemia; immune system problems including people with HIV/AIDS, and those being treated for cance;
- Caregivers and household members of all people
listed above, especially those in contact with infants younger than 6
months (babies this age can get the flu, but are too young for a flu
For other flu shot locations and helpful information call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.
Click here to download the advertisement.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, is a $4.9 billion public benefit corporation that serves 1.3 million New Yorkers and nearly 400,000 who are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. For more information about HHC, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.