2003-12-19 / Community

Flu Season To Soon Hit Its Peak

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene an nounced that the demand for flu vaccinations might outpace the supply. Com missioner 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 Com missioner Frieden. "Even if you’ve had one in previous years, you need to get a flu shot this year."

High risk groups for influenza in clude: residents of nursing homes, preg nant 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 please visit www.nyc.gov/health/flu or call the city’s help line at 311.

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