As COVID-19 remains a threat to public health, particularly among the elderly population, Supervisor Don Clavin is urging all senior citizens to get their seasonal flu vaccination to help protect themselves against respiratory illnesses and other potential health risks. Today at the Levittown Senior Center, Supervisor Clavin announced a partnership with NuHealth (Nassau University Medical Center) and CVS Pharmacy to provide flu shots for residents ages 60 and over at no out-of-pocket cost. Joining Supervisor Clavin at the event were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Thomas Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray, Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll and officials from CVS Pharmacy.
“Flu season has proven to be particularly dangerous among the senior citizen population,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “The Town of Hempstead is grateful to NuHealth and CVS Pharmacy for collaborating with us to provide flu shots for our senior residents, and we encourage all neighbors ages 60 and over to take advantage of this program to help protect themselves in the midst of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Town of Hempstead’s flu shot program will begin on October 13th. Pre-registration is required, and seniors must make a reservation at least one week in advance. Vaccinations are limited and will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors must provide their Medicare, Medicaid or personal health insurance card. All shots will be given between the hours of 10AM and 1PM at the following senior centers:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 65 years and older are a significantly higher risk of developing health complications from the flu. Indeed, senior citizens comprise between 70 and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths.
The town strongly urges seniors to continue wearing masks, wash/sanitize their hands regularly, and practice social distancing to further protect themselves against viruses.
“The Town of Hempstead is committed to protecting our senior citizens, and we urge all of our elderly residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Added Councilman Blakeman, “Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flu, and we are doing our part to keep them safe.”
“America’s largest township is making it quick and convenient for seniors to get their flu shots,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “We thank our friends at NuHealth and CVS Pharmacy for helping our town seniors.”
“The best way for seniors to protect themselves against influenza is to get a flu shot, and we encourage all seniors to take advantage of this great program,” said Councilman Muscarella. Added Councilman Carini, “I am proud to partner with Supervisor Clavin and my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board to help keep seniors safe as we enter flu season.”
The town’s senior flu shot program is part of a comprehensive plan to help keep residents safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The town is also collaborating with Northwell Health to provide free testing; has assisted food pantries that include Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, The INN and other community organizations; and regularly hosts online informational sessions with Town of Hempstead Medical Director Dr. Dave Neubert.
“Seniors who get their seasonal flu shots on one of these five dates will pay no out-of-pocket costs for their vaccinations, so we strongly recommend that all seniors take advantage of this great program,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “We urge all seniors to continue wearing masks, wash and sanitize their hands regularly, and practice social distancing to help keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy.”