Home | News | Health | Get Vaccinated Before Flu Season

Get Vaccinated Before Flu Season

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

The office of the New York City Mayor issued the following news release:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley received flu shots today at Duane Reade in the Bronx and urged all New Yorkers to get vaccinated before flu season officially begins in New York City. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that, together with pneumonia, is the third leading cause of death in New York City. Influenza season in New York typically starts in the winter months, peaking in January through March. Getting vaccinated before influenza transmission peaks is the best way to prevent infection from the virus and the suffering that comes with it.

"Nobody enjoys getting a shot, but I'll tell you what's even worse - getting sick with the flu,"
said Mayor Bloomberg. "Every year, New Yorkers lose their lives to the flu and a flu shot is the single most important protection against getting sick and spreading the flu to others. I urge everyone to go to their doctor, local health clinic or pharmacy and get a flu shot as soon as they can."

"Adults 65 and older, especially those with medical conditions, pregnant women and children under 5 can ward off coming down with the flu by getting vaccinated," said Health Commissioner Farley. "While maintaining good personal hygiene - washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when ill - helps diminish the spread of the virus, getting the flu vaccine is the best 'shot' we have going to prevent flu-related death and illness."

Influenza symptoms include high fever, dry cough, and all-over body ache. Nationally, influenza is estimated to kill an average of 23,600 people and hospitalize over 200,000 people annually.

Getting vaccinated in New York City has never been easier, and this year's vaccine is well-matched to flu strains starting to be identified in the U.S. Any New Yorker 18 and over can get vaccinated at their local pharmacy and most pharmacies accept health insurance. The Health Department is working with Walgreens and Duane Reade to ensure that flu vaccination vouchers are available for people who do not have health insurance or who cannot afford the cost of vaccination, typically ranging from $25 to $35 at most pharmacies for walk-in customers. In addition, the City's BigAppleRx discount prescription drug card offers a discount on flu shots. Flu vaccines are also available from Health Department clinics, and the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) offers free or low-cost vaccination at all of its hospitals and community health centers.

Anyone can find a nearby vaccine outlet by calling 311 or searching under "flu" or "Flu Clinic Locator" on NYC.gov.


Add to:       Facebook        Google        LinkedIn        Pinterest        Buffer        Digg       

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment comment

Please enter the code you see in the image:

  • email E-Mail to a friend
  • print Print version
  • Plain text Plain text
Rate this article
No tags for this article
Featured Author

Peter Treadway, PhD

is an independent consultant and money manager and Adjunct Professor in Asia. He is currently is principal of Historical Analytics, LLC. Historical Analytics is a consulting/investment management firm dedicated to global portfolio management. Its investment approach is based on Dr. Treadway’s combined top-down and bottom-up Wall Street experience as economist, strategist and securities analyst. A monthly letter entitled The Dismal Optimist is produced for clients. Dr. Treadway also serves in a part time capacity as Chief Economist, C T RISKS, a new Hong Kong company that will assist Asian financial institutions with their risk management problems. On the educational front, Dr. Treadway has developed a special Masters level course focusing on securities analysis and discounted cash flow and incorporating elements of standard equilibrium pricing models, behavioral finance and historical trends. This course has been given as Adjunct Professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and the City University of Hong Kong. From 1965-2000 Dr. Treadway had a distinguished career on Wall Street and with major American financial institutions. For example, from 1978-1981 he served as Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. From 1985-1998 he served as institutional equity analyst and Managing Director at Smith Barney following savings and loans and government sponsored entities(GSEs). He was ranked as “all star” analyst eleven times by Institutional Investor Magazine. Dr. Treadway holds a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from New York University and a BA in English from Fordham University in Bronx, New York.