2003-10-24 / Community

Flu Season Begins in New York

Flu Season Begins in New York

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the official beginning of flu season. Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden urged New Yorkers, especially those over age 50 to get a flu shot early. Free or low-cost flu shots are available at Health Department clinics and at Health and Hospital Corporation’s facilities citywide. Flu season generally runs from October to April.

"Only this year’s flu shot can prevent against this year’s flu," said Commissioner Frieden. "Even if you’ve had one in previous years, you need to get a flu shot this year."

High risk groups for influenza include: residents of nursing homes, pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, young children and people with long term health problems such as diabetes, lung disease, asthma and heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia.

People who have had a serious reaction to previous flu shots or anyone with a severe allergy to eggs should not receive the flu shot.

For more information about flu and pneumonia vaccinations and locations call 311 or visit www.nyc. gov/health/flu.     

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