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State Launches Campaign For NYer’s 65 and Older to Get Vaccinated


The New York State Department of Health has launched a new campaign focused on getting New Yorkers ages 65 years and older to get vaccinated against this year’s flu and COVID-19. The Health Department says both illnesses continue to spread throughout the state. Respiratory illnesses can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, and possibly death.

“COVID-19 and influenza can cause severe health complications, but the good news is, there are immunizations that are safe and can provide excellent protection against these viruses,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “This new campaign delivers an important message about who is most at risk and their need to get vaccinated to protect their health.”

NYHD says residents 65 years and older are vulnerable to serious illness that can then lead to hospitalization and even death if they contract a respiratory virus; this includes the flu and COVID-19. A recent study released from the Health Department also showed those who have had COVID-19 have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease. The study said vaccinations help in lowering the risk.

Those who are experiencing symptoms including: body aches, chills, cough, fever, and stuffy or runny nose may be a signal of a viral infection and should stay home and refrain from socializing with others.

Anyone who tests positive or has symptoms that worsen should contact their healthcare provider.

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