Local residents lined up for their flu shots.
Cold and flu season is upon us, but no need to sniffle.
On Wed., Oct. 18th, Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY), together with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, New York State Assemblymember Herman Farrell; New York City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and Robert Jackson, set up a free flu shot clinic for local residents at the Manhattan Christian Academy on West 204th Street.
Residents flocked to the center, glad for the opportunity to ward off disease.
It was the second year José Rocio (right) received his flu shot from VNSNY.
José Rocio was one of many employees at Compare Supermarket, located just across the street from the school on Ninth Avenue, who stopped by on his break. This is the second year in a row he has gotten the vaccine from VNSNY.
Rocio explained that he had learned his lesson the hard way.
“I got a bad case of the flu the year before,” he said. “[But] I didn’t get sick at all last year.”
A nurse readies the needle.
Denise Hykes, Development Specialist at World Vision Youth, also stopped by for a flu shot. “Anything you can do to avoid sick days is a plus,” she said.
Zenja Thomas, a coordinator for the clinic, urged all residents to take advantage of the vaccines, noting how important it was for seniors and children in particular to get the shot.
There are plans for additional local clinics; residents are encouraged to call the office of State Senator Espaillat at 212.544.0173 for the next clinic date.