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Cynthia Bacon (718) 670-2515
Camela Morrissey (718) 670-1065
Debra Pagano Cohen (718) 670-1586
Flushing, NY, October 29, 2009— Doing their part to help curb the spread of H1N1 “swine flu” virus this coming flu season, nurses and doctors from New York Hospital Queens vaccinated 600 people in five hours yesterday for protection against the H1N1 virus at a free community vaccination drive in Fresh Meadows, Queens.
“It was our goal to reach as much of our community that really needs the vaccine, that included people with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women, and lower income families who have restricted access to medical care,” said Christine O’Hagan Carlin, coordinator of the vaccination drive and administrative director of Ambulatory Care Services for New York Hospital Queens.
This vaccination drive was part of the 18-site point of distribution program coordinated by the not-for-profit Primary Care Development Corporation, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and with funding from the New York City Council. The Gujarati Samaj Community Center in Fresh Meadows served as the host location for the event. Five students from St. Francis Preparatory High School, the site of the initial outbreak of the H1N1 virus last spring, assisted hospital staff.
"New York Hospital Queens was one of 18 sites chosen as a point of distribution because they serve thousands of vulnerable residents and have gone through rigorous training in our Emergency Preparedness program,” said Ronda Kotelchuck, Executive Director of the Primary Care Development Corporation. “No one knows yet what to expect about the severity of this flu season, but New York Hospital Queens has the tools it needs to respond."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaccination against 2009 H1N1 should begin as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season, into December, January, and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of flu activity can vary. Flu seasons can last as late as April or May.
For more information on H1N1 vaccination sites, visit www.nyc.gov/flu and view the “H1N1 locator” map for locations.
New York Hospital Queens offers an information resource for the general public who have questions on flu prevention via www.nyhq.org or by calling (718) 670-2121.
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
A happy Queens resident gets the H1N1 vaccine from Lakhani Nilofer, RN, a New York Hospital Queens nurse.
Most children don’t love shots, but one Queens mother is glad that Charlene Perno, RN, a New York Hospital Queens nurse, vaccinated her son as a protective measure against the H1N1 virus.
The Gujarati Samaj Community Center in Fresh Meadows, Queens, hosted the H1N1 vaccination drive held by New York Hospital Queens for 600 people yesterday.
Five students from St. Francis Prep HS, site of the initial outbreak of H1N1 virus last spring, assisted in the vaccination drive.