North Bergen offers flu shots to all senior buildings

COVID-19 and the flu could pack a powerful punch

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North Bergen has offered flu shots to all senior buildings ahead of flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents at the Terrace Apartments senior building received free flu shots on Monday, Oct. 5. Pharmacist Queenie Patel of Live Well Pharmacy in North Bergen administered the shots on site.

The Terrace seniors enjoyed an ice cream social sponsored by Active Day Adult Day Care and the North Bergen Housing Authority.

Flue shots are available in all senior buildings through October. The shots were coordinated by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Health Department Director Janet Castro.

“Many health experts say that the flu shot is more essential this year than ever before,” said Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari. “Let’s not forget, for some the seasonal flu can be as dangerous as contracting COVID-19.”

North Bergen has been working to keep its seniors in township buildings healthy, including COVID-19 testing, distributing PPE, distributing candy, and hosting ice cream socials.

More than 600 seniors were tested; only four tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolated.

The township also mandated testing of all nursing homes: Hudson View, Hudson Hills, and the Harborage. While the nursing homes have been hit hard by the outbreak, the township has mitigated the spread in its senior buildings.

Flu shots for all residents

All residents can get flu shots at the COVID-19 County test site at Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus at 55 Meadowlands Parkway,

Residents can call 201-388-1097 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment for either a COVID-19 nasal swab or a flu shot.

There is no cost, but recipients cannot have symptoms. Parental consent is needed for minors. Recipients must be a Hudson County resident, first-responder, or healthcare worker in the county.

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