For Immediate Release Contact: Collin Nash or Sid Nathan
November 20, 2008 (516) 869 7794
Record Numbers Receive Flu Shots Through Town- and County-Sponsored Immunization Program
New Hyde Park, NY—With winter setting in and the flu season hard on its heels, record numbers of seniors got flu shots last week through the town and county-sponsored annual flu and pneumonia immunization program, prompting Supervisor Jon Kaiman to declare this year’s turnout an encouraging success.
Co-sponsored by North Hempstead’s Department of Community Services, the Nassau Health Care Corp. and the Nassau County Dept. of Senior Citizens, the Nov. 18 influenza immunization program, held at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park, administered flu shots to more than 200 Nassau County residents 60 and over, program administrators said.
“Group immunization efforts are the most effective means of protecting communities against viruses such as the influenza bug,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “I was very pleased with the amount of seniors who took advantage of the town’s free Flu Immunization Program.”
Miri Scrapa, a New Hyde Park resident of 28 years commented, “The town takes care of its seniors and this fantastic flu shot program is just a part of the great support structure offered by North Hempstead.”
The Center for Disease Control contends that annual protection against the influenza virus is necessary, particularly for the 60-plus age group, because the virus changes from year to year.
The flu vaccine is generally offered between September and mid-November prior to the onset of the late-fall to early winter start of the flu season. Medical experts point out, however, that getting a flu shot even later in the flu season still provides protection from the influenza virus.
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Councilman Angelo Ferrara getting a flu shot from Student Nurse Joan Holder of Adelphi University along with (L to R) Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, County Legislator Judy Bosworth and Councilwoman Lee Seeman.