Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced that registration is underway for the annual Senior Citizen Seasonal Flu Immunization Program. Partnering with NuHealth (Nassau University Medical Center) and South Nassau Communities Hospital, Hempstead Town is offering influenza vaccinations for senior residents, age 60 or older, at several town locations.
“Health officials recommend flu vaccines to reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. In recent flu seasons, between 80 and 90 percent of influenza-related deaths have occurred in people ages 65 years and older,” said Santino.“A flu vaccine can reduce the chances of catching the seasonal flu and spreading it to others.”
Immunizations will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as follows:
Wednesday, November 9- Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick. (516) 868-4777
Thursday, November 10- Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square. (516) 328-3010
Monday, November 14 - Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh. (516) 785-8505
Tuesday, November 15 - Levittown Senior Center, 555 North Newbridge Road, Levittown. (516) 433-5454
Wednesday, November 16- Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale. (516) 538-5050
Registration is ongoing at several Town of Hempstead senior centers. Space is limited, and participants are asked to register at a senior center at least one week in advance. Flu vaccines are provided with no out-of-pocket cost to the seniors. The administrating hospital will bill insurance companies; however, there will be no co-payments for those receiving flu shots.
“I would like to thank NuHealth and South Nassau Communities Hospital for making this immunization program possible,” said Santino. “I encourage senior residents to take advantage of this very important program and protect themselves against this serious disease.”
For more information about this program or other senior services, please call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.