2000-12-07 / Other News

City Asking Big Businesses To Help In Flu Vaccine Shortage

City Asking Big Businesses To Help In Flu Vaccine Shortage

New York City Health Commissioner Neal L. Cohen, M.D., has asked New York City corporations with supplies of flu vaccine intended for healthy workers to assist the Health Department’s efforts to provide vaccine to those who are at highest risk from complications from the flu. With a previously announced nationwide delay preventing some elderly persons and others at high risk from getting vaccinated, the Health Department is coordinating an effort to get flu shots to those who need it most.

Dr. Cohen said, "Because of the flu vaccine delay announced earlier this fall by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Department has been surveying nursing homes ad other facilities to determine whether high risk people such as the elderly and those with serious illnesses are receiving flu shots early in the season, as recommended."

"In order to insure that nursing home residents are immunized, the health Department will make more than 14,000 doses of its vaccine available to nursing home residents. I urge employers with flu vaccine supplies intended for healthy workers to join the Health Department in the effort to help improve the health outlook of vulnerable New Yorkers," Dr. Cohen continued.

Each year during the flu season, the Health Department, in partnership with the Department for the Aging and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, immunizes older New Yorkers at senior centers throughout the City, and offers free immunizations at walk-in clinics located in all five boroughs. earlier this fall, the health Department established a new flu information line - 866-FLU-LINE _1-866-358-5463) - which helps callers locate where to get flu vaccine. The City also makes this information available on its website at nyc.gov/health.

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