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Time to Get a Flu Shot in 2006

September 23, 2006

Protect Yourself and Your Family

• Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness with fever, cough, muscle aches, and sore throat.
• Every year, more than 2,500 New Yorkers die of flu and pneumonia.
• A flu shot is just as important as any other life-saving medication.
• You need this year’s flu shot for this year’s flu. Last year’s shot will NOT protect you now.
• Flu shots are available from October through June. The sooner you get one, the quicker you’ll be protected.

The Time to Get a Flu Shot! Health Bulletin
( http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/hb/dohmhnews5-10.shtml ) tells you who should get a flu shot this year and where to get it.

This bulletin is one in a series that we publish on topics of critical importance to New Yorkers. Health Bulletins on other topics can be found on our website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/alerts/alert1.shtml