GEORGE LATIMER, Westchester County Executive
Date: February 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Cioffi
Office - (914)995-2932
Cell- (914) 954-5579
Office – (914)813-5013
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WITH PUBLIC FOCUSED ON CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS TO PROTECT AGAINST FLU
Health Commissioner Encourages All Residents to Schedule A Flu Shot
White Plains, NY) – The Westchester County Department of Health reminds residents that the best way to avoid influenza is to get a yearly flu vaccine and wash hands frequently.
With flu activity now widespread throughout New York State and Westchester County,the risk of flu remains high, while the risk to the general public from 2019 Novel Coronavirus remains low.
People who forego an annual flu vaccine and catch the flu are more likely to experience serious illness and hospitalization than those who have had their annual flu shot. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages six months and older. The vaccine remains beneficial throughout flu season, which can last until May.
Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “I urge anyone still not vaccinated to get a flu shot right away -- better late than never. Flu season typically peaks around this time, and we have seen an expected increase in lab-confirmed flu cases statewide. Flu vaccine is still widely available and it remains our best protection against the flu.”
Residents can get flu shots at medical offices and many pharmacies. The County Health Department also offers free flu vaccines by appointment. County clinics are open to all, especially those without insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. Call 914-995-5800 to register for a free flu vaccine at the County Clinics, 134 Court St., White Plains or 20 South Broadway, Yonkers.
Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Flu can be deadly, and the flu vaccine is very safe and the best protection we have. By getting an annual flu shot,you help protect infants too young to be vaccinated, as well as seniors and people with chronic health conditions who are more vulnerable to flu complications.”
Other ways to keep healthy include:
For more information about flu or 2019 Novel Coronavirus, go to westchestergov.com/health. Residents with questions about 2019 Novel Coronavirus may also call a New York State hotline at 1-888-364-3065.