PSA Transcript: Get Your Flu Shot Today

This is Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State's Health Commissioner.

Flu season is here and it's one of the worst we've seen in years. We're encouraging New Yorkers to get their flu shots,today.A flu vaccine is safe and easy… and it's the single best way to prevent the flu.

And there's no need to visit the hospital emergency room to get your shot:flu vaccinations are readily available at most doctor's offices, clinics, and drugstores.

If you have flu-like symptoms like a fever, cough, or sore throat, please call your doctor first before heading to the hospital. Many New Yorkers are going to the emergency room with mild symptoms. There's no need to go to the hospital unless your doctor advises you to.

So please, get your flu vaccination today. It's the safest, easiest way to keep New York healthy for all of us.For more information, call your health care provider, or visit That's

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