2011-02-11 / Community

Ulrich Offers Free Flu Shots

Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is offering vouchers for free flu shots to uninsured constituents through a program run by the city Health Department.

While many individuals receive a flu shot in October, most influenza seasons don’t peak until late winter. As a result, it is important for those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to do so immediately. Vouchers that can be redeemed at Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies through April 15 are currently available at Ulrich’s district offices in Ozone Park (93-06 101 Avenue) and Rockaway Beach (98-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). Stop by or call 718-738- 1083 for more information.

Ulrich said, “This is a simple yet effective step residents, especially the sick and elderly, can take to help prevent influenza this year. I urge eligible constituents to take the city up on this important service.”

The program, launched jointly by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Walgreens, seeks to increase influenza vaccination, particularly in African American and Hispanic communities. Vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, particularly for the very young, elderly, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women.

Vouchers may only be used by adults 18 and older who do not have health insurance. Many pharmacies do accept health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, so patients with participating plans can get vaccinated at no out-of-pocket cost. However, children are not eligible to get vaccinated at pharmacies, so parents should visit nyc.gov/flu or call 311 to learn locations where children can get vaccinated, or for more information on the program.

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