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With this year's flu season coming on fast and strong, we wanted to share with you the following health bulletin from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Please click here for the downloadable PDF.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu and prevent community-wide transmission, so it's important for New Yorkers and their families to get a flu shot if they haven't done so already. This year's virus has arrived early – and it has health officials across the country bracing themselves for what could be the worst flu season in years.

While there've been reports of some shortages, the flu vaccine is still available at many clinics and pharmacies around the City.  To find a location near you, please call 311 and ask for the City's Health Department.  You can also use the "Flu Clinic Site Locator" on the City's website here.

Getting vaccinated is especially important for people in the following categories:

  • Pregnant women;
  • Children younger than 5 years, especially those under 2;
  • People 50 and older, especially those 65 and older;
  • People with certain chronic health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, sickle cell anemia, weakened immune system (such as from HIV or cancer treatment), and any nerve or muscle disorder that can cause breathing problems;
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities;
  • People who care for infants less than 6 months old; and
  • Health care workers.

Please take a moment to share this important information with your family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to get vaccinated as well.  We're already seeing plenty of people sick with the flu, so it's important for folks to take every precaution necessary to protect themselves.

Additional information about preventing and treating the flu can be found on DOHMH's website. For more information on GMHC, please contact Krishna Stone.