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December 7, 2010

December 5 – 11, 2010 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

Residents Reminded That It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-11), Nassau County Department of Health reminds residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

“National Influenza Vaccination Week provides an important opportunity to tell our residents how important it is for people to get an annual flu shot,” said Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, Commissioner of Health.  "Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well."

Each year in the United States, between 5 and 20 percent of the population is infected with influenza, about 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized due to complications from influenza. In Nassau County, with a population of nearly 1.4 million residents, this can equal up to 280,000 residents being infected with the virus annually on average.

Since there is an adequate supply of the flu vaccine this year, no one should have difficulty getting a flu shot.

Nassau County Department of Health also reminds residents to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of influenza and other germs.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

For additional information about influenza and influenza vaccine visit the CDC website at, the New York State Department of Health website at, or call the Nassau County Department of Health Immunization Office at (516) 227-9416.