Swine Flu in Sunset Park

H1N1 cases jumped in Sunset Park last weekend. The rise in pediatric cases at Maimonides Hospital in Sunset Park caused the facility to trigger its emergency preparedness and surge capacity plan for the first time, ABC news reported.

Though H1N1 rates have fallen in most of the country, Heath Commissioner Thomas Farley told the Daily News, they continue to rise in New York City.

The city used radio and newspapers to publicize free vaccines last week. It seems to have worked. Over 15,000 New Yorkers lined up this weekend for the free vaccines now available to any who visit the school clinics. That’s 11,000 more New Yorkers than searched out the vaccine a week ago.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley and the city hoped for a good showing when they used radio and newspaper ads to lure more people to take precautionary measures as the flu season kicks into high gear.

You can find information on H1N1 vaccinations here.

Have you seen signs of the flu in the neighborhood? Are you taking any precautions? How do you feel about the (at times controversial) vaccine?

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