Health officials urge Bronx residents at high risk for flu to get a vaccine

With the flu season in full swing, heath officials are urging Bronx residents at a high risk for the flu to get a vaccine.

City officials warn residents that there is a flu outbreak among those over 65 and those younger than two. According to the health department, the flu epidemic is twice as bad this year than last. Health officials say 21 seniors in nursing homes have already come down with the flu and nine have died.

While the health department is calling it an outbreak, Bronx doctors say this is the season where they treat people with cold symptoms. The doctors say there has been a high number of complaints in the ER, but not many actual cases of the flu.

The Department of Health recently released more flu vaccines to private doctor offices. Doctors say there are still plenty of flu shots for seniors over 65, children with asthma or under two, and pregnant women.

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