Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to Get Annual Flu Shot, Raising Public Awareness about Reducing Risk of Flu

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 29, 2008) – On Thursday, October 30 at 10 a.m. State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will visit the Roberto Clemente Center in Manhattan to receive his annual flu shot highlighting the need for all New Yorkers, especially children age 6 months to18 years, and the elderly to take this important step to protect themselves and their families from the flu.

This year the State Health Department is emphasizing the need for children to be immunized against the flu due to recent flu-related deaths among children. Last year eight children under age eight in New York State died as a result of the flu.

The Roberto Clemente Center is part of the Gouverneur Healthcare Services and the South Manhattan Health Network of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

The press will have the opportunity to interview Commissioner Daines while receiving his flu shot.

What

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will receive his annual flu shot to highlight the importance of reducing the risk of flu.

When

Thursday, October 30 at 10 a.m.

Where

Roberto Clemente Center, 540 East 13th Street.

Representatives from the press planning to attend should contact Juan Merino at (212) 417-6195 or Claire Pospisil at (518) 474-7354 ext. 1 or via e-mail at: jfm06@health.state.ny.us or ctp02@health.state.ny.us .