10/20/2004 - Influenza Immunization Programs Postponed

Dear Hackensack Resident:

Most likely you have heard or read the news about the national shortage of influenza vaccine this year. As a result of this acute shortage, the Hackensack City Health Department is indefinitely postponing the previously announced influenza vaccination programs this year. Some health care providers do have vaccine available. The Centers for Disease Control and State Department of Health are asking those health care providers to only use their vaccine for "high priority" patients. You should check with your regular health care provider to see if he or she has influenza vaccine this year and watch for other information in the newspaper and other media sources. Check

What are the priority groups?
•   All children aged 6-23 months
•   Adults aged 65 years and older
•   Persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions
•   All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
•   Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
•   Children aged 6 months-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy
•   Health-care workers involved in direct patient care
•   Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged <6 months.