By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
If you’re a senior citizen and you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet this season, a Brooklyn lawmaker is giving you a chance to become inoculated against the bug.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is joining forces with Coney Island Hospital to offer free flu shots at three locations in his senate district next week.
But there’s a catch. Anyone interested in getting a flu shot must make an appointment by calling Golden’s office at 718-238-6044. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
The flu shots will be distributed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Carmine Carro Community Center, 3000 Fillmore Ave.; on Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th St.; and on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 294 Avenue T.
"I am proud to partner with Coney Island Hospital to make the flu vaccination available at no cost to residents of my district. I wish to remind everyone how important it is to get a flu shot so as to keep from falling ill this winter,” Golden said.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that young children and senior citizens get flu shots because they are more susceptible to complications from the flu.
The CDC also urges people who have asthma, are pregnant, have cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other illnesses be vaccinated against the flu. Those who live in nursing homes, are morbidly obese, or whose professions required them to come into contact with serious ill people should also get flu shots, according to the CDC.