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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

ZUCKER: It expands access to people throughout the city by increasing the number of places where they can vaccinate and the convenience of getting vaccinated which we know does impact on people's choices of weather they will actually receive the vaccine.

REPORTER: Zucker says Medicare will pick up the tab for some of the shots. Some health experts say it could mean an additional 50,000 city seniors will get access to flu shots.

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