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October 6, 2014

Bronx, NY – Assemblyman Dinowitz (D-Bronx) is pleased to announce that he is sponsoring a second day of flu shots for members of the community in the 81st Assembly District. Flu shots will be administered on October 24 at Riverdale YM-YWHA on 5625 Arlington Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This service is also sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center, Walgreens Pharmacy, Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, and Council Member Andrew Cohen.

Flu shots will be administered at no cost to the constituent, though participants are asked to bring their insurance card.

“I am pleased to partner with Montefiore Medical Center and Walgreens to offer this important service to the community,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “The flu is a serious health matter, and getting a flu shot protects not just yourself but also your friends, family, and neighbors. I encourage everyone to contact my office about getting a flu shot.”

“Flu and pneumonia account for 2,200 to 3,000 deaths a year in New York City, the third leading cause of death. Vaccination is safe, effective, and the best way to prevent getting the flu -- yet only half of  New Yorkers report getting a flu shot. Montefiore is excited to partner with Assemblyman Dinowitz and Walgreens to ensure that Riverdale residents have access to flu vaccines at no cost to them. It's a great way to take care of yourself and your family," said Amanda Parsons, M.D., M.B.A., vice president of Community & Population Health, Montefiore Medical Center. 

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every adult get a flu shot, and annual flu shots from Walgreens are a quick and effective way to protect you and your family from the most common influenza viruses each year,” said Morton D. Shaw, Walgreens Pharmacy Supervisor.

Please note that members of the community must be 18 years of age or older to participate, and cannot be allergic to eggs. Walgreens pharmacists and Montefiore staff will volunteer their time to administer flu shots at Riverdale YM-YWHA on October 24. Residents MUST contact Assemblyman Dinowitz’s office at (718) 796-5345 to guarantee a flu shot.