NYC Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information Page and Facility Locator.

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Each year, thousands of New Yorkers get influenza (flu). Influenza was associated with nearly 3,000 deaths in New York City in 2005, and is responsible for 36,000 deaths nationwide annually. Thousands more are hospitalized every year. For most people, it's an illness that means a week or more of muscle aches, high fever and physical misery. But for some people, influenza can be life-threatening, and even cause death. This is especially true for people 65 and older -- an annual influenza shot can reduce the chances of being hospitalized or dying. The best way to prevent influenza and its complications is to get influenza vaccine every year.

Influenza vaccine supply is plentiful this year. Everyone who wishes to protect themselves with a dose of influenza vaccine should receive one. Ask your doctor for more information.

People at highest risk for complications from influenza should be vaccinated every year. Those groups include:

* All children aged 6 months until their fifth birthday;
* All pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy);
* All people aged 50 years and older;
* All people aged 5 to 49 years with certain chronic medical conditions;
* All residents in nursing homes, chronic care facilities, and other long-term care facilities and who are at least 6 months of age;
* All out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of high-risk individuals, including contacts of children under 5 years of age;
* All health care workers.