2008-10-10 / Community

New Health Resource For The Rockaways

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has been chosen by the New York City Department of Health to be a "pointing of dispensing," (POD) in case of a pandemic. The center will receive the vaccine and distribute it immediately to the community.

A pandemic is an epidemic that spreads rapidly with high rates of illness and even death. History has shown that several times during each century entirely new flu strains develop. There is no pandemic predicted for this flu season.

However, in an effort to be ready for such an event, the Addabbo Health Center will have a pandemic drill in the parking lot on Sunday, October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drill will be set up exactly like a pandemic POD and flu shots will be distributed to adults in the community at no charge. There is no registration or appointment needed. Residents are invited to participate in the drill and receive a flu shot at no cost while helping the center prepare for a real pandemic.

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