According to new data released on Wednesday, during the coronavirus pandemic, the number of adults and children with flu vaccines in New York City has soared this year.
The Municipal Health Bureau reported that from July 1 to October 24 last year, the number of adults receiving influenza vaccines increased by 37% compared with the same period last year.
A total of 706,693 adults were vaccinated-an increase of 189,017 residents from last year.
At the same time, the number of children between the ages of 6 months and 18 who were vaccinated soared by 27%.
The number of children vaccinated increased by 105,881, from 397,626 last season to 503,507 this season.
City health officials emphasized that this is particularly important for adults 50 years and older, pregnant women, children 6 months to 5 years old, and those who are eligible for vaccination.
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The latest national statistics show that the number of deaths from influenza has dropped significantly, but the reason is not exciting-it may be because the elderly and other people with serious underlying diseases died of COVID-19.
The city health department launched a public and media campaign to increase influenza vaccination rates during the pandemic.
Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said: “This promising progress is only possible if New Yorkers find each other and do the right thing by obtaining a flu vaccine.”
“This year may be the most important flu vaccine you get. If you don’t have one, now is the best time to buy a vaccine. Our friends, family and neighbors count on all of us to help each other to ensure each other’s safety.”
Flu-like symptoms are similar to COVID-19 and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may vomit and diarrhea.
People may also be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without fever.
The measures taken by New Yorkers to prevent COVID-19 also apply to flu. The department said in a press release: “If you don’t have soap and water, you have to cover your face mask and wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; if you are sick, you can stay away and stay at home to prevent the spread of flu. “
Influenza vaccines are widely available for little or no cost, and most medical insurance plans cover this cost without out-of-pocket costs.
It can be obtained from primary care doctors, community health centers, hospital clinics and pharmacies.
New Yorkers can use the New York City Health Map of the Department of Health, call 311 or send FLU text to 877-877 to find out where to get the flu vaccine. More than 870 sites are listed on the health map. The Ministry of Health also provides a list of community influenza vaccination events on nyc.gov/flu.
The flu season usually starts in late autumn and lasts throughout the spring.
The flu vaccine is needed every year because it can only provide protection for one season. This year’s flu vaccine contains 4 virus strains, 3 of which were newly added this year.
Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the State Assembly’s Health Committee, said: “As the COVID pandemic continues, for New Yorkers, remember to also protect themselves from other infectious diseases such as influenza. Very important.”
He said: “It is encouraging that this year’s City Health Bureau data show that, like myself, more and more New Yorkers get the seasonal flu vaccine earlier.”
The manufacturer is still fine-tuning the COVID-19 vaccine. If history can be used as a guide, there may be early resistance to vaccination.