They’re making sure to prevent any more deaths and keep the kids of West New York healthy this season, so the mayor and commissioners offered free flu shots today from 1pm to 5pm in Town Hall.
And after two local children died of the flu, Dr. Felix Roque, Mayor of West New York says he wanted to make sure they were prepared.
He says there were 62 deaths of children hit with the flu in the United States at the time so it has become an epidemic.
Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center stepped up to make a difference.
“Dr. Jesus Alfonso and his staff donated the vaccines so we’re able to save a life today,” the mayor says.
First they’re vaccinating the pediatrics and Roque says they will concentrate on the elderly at a later date.
The vaccine allows you to build up antibodies so you don’t get the flu.
The doctors implore everyone to take advantage when the town offers these free vaccine clinics.
Their one big piece of advice – don’t play doctor at home.
If you missed this flu vaccine clinic, you’re still in luck.
“We’re going to do it through the spring, the next couple of weeks — and if we run out today of vaccine, we are going to take the names and phone numbers (of families),” says Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz, director of the West New York Health Department.