Senator Malcolm A.Smith Urges New Yorkers to Get Flu and Pneumococcal Shots
With the start of the 2007 influenza season, State Senate Malcolm A. Smith encourages New Yorkers to get a flu shot before the virus begins its annual spread of aches and pains.
"One shot can prevent misery," said Senator Smith, noting that nearly 3,000 New Yorkers died in 2005 due to complications from influenza and pneumonia. "It's easy enough to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones." The flu season generally runs from November to April, with the peak of cases hitting between December and early March. Experts say the months of October and November are ideal times to get a vaccination, but the winter months are not too late.
According to the state Health Department, those at highest risk for flu include: persons 50 years of age and older, children aged 6 months up to their fifth birthday; adults and children with chronic health conditions; residents of long-term care facilities; health care professionals; pregnant women and family members and caregivers to persons at risk, due to severe complications. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has a designated clinic in each borough offering flu shots from October through late spring. Health and Hospital Corporation sites and other facilities also provide vaccination services. For more information on clinic locations, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/health/flu.
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