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Free flu shots for Hempstead Town seniors

The Town of Hempstead is offering free flu vaccines to residents 60 and older.

Supervisor Kate Murray announced Monday that 1,000 flu vaccines will be made available for senior citizens at no out-of-pocket cost. Participating hospitals will bill seniors’ insurance companies and no co-payment will be charged.

“Spending just a few minutes with a health care professional to get a flu vaccine could have a positive impact on your life for years to come,” said Councilman Gary Hudes, who appeared with Murray at the Levittown Senior Center, where vaccines were offered. “I encourage all our senior citizens to take advantage of this great program.”

Nassau University Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital will provide the vaccines, including the new Fluzone High-Dose, reported to have four times the amount of antigen found in the average flu shot, which can increase immunity against the flu, town officials said.

Flu vaccinations will be offered at the Franklin Square Senior Center on Nov. 22 and the Merrick Senior Center on Nov. 29, town officials said. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required at least one week in advance. For more information, contact the Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment at 516-485-8100.

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