Flu shot fairs slated for next 2 Fridays in Toa Baja, Toa Alta

By John McPhaul

Sen. Carmelo Ríos (District II-Bayamón) announced Tuesday a free vaccination initiative against influenza in communities in his district as part of a health project to promote prevention.

“As we know, the influenza season has already started and is expected to reach its highest point between November of this year and February 2021. For this reason, we undertook the task of establishing curbside, drive-through vaccination fairs, health alternatives for high-risk communities in the district I represent,” Ríos said. “There is no doubt that prevention is the most effective option for tackling these conditions and through events like this we will continue to convey the message.”

The Puerto Rico Department of Health will be in charge of supplying the vaccines, while the Physicians & Surgeons Association will provide the medical staff to administer them. Rapid tests for COVID-19 will also be available for patients who are at possible risk of infection and first responders.

The fairs will be held this Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the San José de Toa Baja neighborhood community center, and on Oct. 30 in the Las Acerolas community in Toa Alta, thanks to the collaboration of its community board.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States annually. In addition, the CDC estimates that from October 2019 to April of this year, about 56 million people in the United States were infected with influenza, of which about 62,000 died.

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