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CDC Says the Season Is Here: Where to Get Flu Shots in East Meadow

Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.

Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the New York metropolitan area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (East Meadow-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)

Overall in New York, activity is considered high now, higher than at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in East Meadow that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):

  • Walgreens Pharmacies
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Rite Aid
  • Wal Mart Supercenter

According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. 

Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.

Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:

Aaron December 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Major accident in East Meadow this afternoon (4pm) and again nothing on Patch or breaking on Twitter. Sorry, Danielle but you do a pretty poor job of reporting news at all, I rarely check this site anymore. There are multiple stories that have not been covered at all. My mother just told me she does not read this site either anymore since Michael left too as there is no news here, just ads and reporting about 'empty offices' with no last names. The stories are for the most part junk and when news comes out, it is not even covered. It's all junk since Mike left. That's a shame, it has a real opportunity to be a news site for East Meadow as Newsday is equally as bad.
Danielle De Souza (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The accident in East Meadow was not major. Police confirmed that there were not serious injuries.
Aaron December 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM
The old Patchj would still have photos and report as such. The wreck had major property damage, multiple ambulances, extractions and apparently involved a parent from Barnum ... all things that are more important news then a storefront still being open a year later, where to get flu shots, etc. You can find all that on Google, it's not news.
Jaime Sumersille December 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Aaron, Thanks for reaching out! The flu shot story is important local news. The story states the reason for us writing it - flu cases are already higher than they were at this time last year. We are providing information for readers on where they can get preventative care. Additionally, if you see an accident, fire or incident around town, snap a photo and send it in! We welcome the community to participate as citizen journalists on the site and help run our little Patch of the world :) Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Frank T December 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
We hear the same story every year. This year it's going to be worse than last year. In any event there are signs posted all over EM where to get shots. Only recently it was recommended for elderly and very young children that are at risk if they get the flu. Now every citizen must be vaccinated. Sounds like Big Pharma made some generous political contributions.
paul December 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
To Aaron: If you know about it, then it is already old news..... Accidents happen EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE. They come and they go...... Perhaps you should get a scanner and become an accident chaser. You know what I mean, like some towing companies do... It seems like something you may like to do and then you can report it on the PATCH........ so we all know... Just saying...
paul December 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Aaron: OK so it involved someone local.... It is still an ACCIDENT..... At face value it is not super big news... Hey maybe the parent caused the accident ......... Now, that may be a story.....
Aaron December 15, 2012 at 04:56 AM
All I'm saying is the old Patch would report this stuff, even minor accidents. Patch says they cover everything in the community, it's on the about us page. I quote "We cover anything and everything that is happening in East Meadow, including news, events and sports." That is news and it happened in East Meadow. As I have said before I no longer in EM but would like to know what is going on. Similarily, my parents who still are in EM would like to know. Just look at Twitter, others were asking this afternoon what happened in East Meadow. For example, below are THREE stories that Mike wrote just covering minor accidents. If Patch wants to be hyperlocal, they should cover "anything and everything" like they say they will. May 8: http://eastmeadow.patch.com/articles/two-injured-in-merrick-avenue-crash-49d7d62e May 20: http://eastmeadow.patch.com/articles/major-crash-causes-traffic-nightmare-in-east-meadow July 10: http://eastmeadow.patch.com/articles/three-vehicle-crash-causes-merrick-avenue-logjam All minor but all local news, all I am asking is Patch go back to the way it was ... news and they fine to continue with some junk stories too. Thanks.
Aaron December 15, 2012 at 04:58 AM
And I repeat being in journalism, I am not outright criticizing Danielle and want to make that clear. I know journalism is a thankless job with low wages and long hours. I'm just trying to provide constructive criticism so hopefully Jaime can work to Danille to bring this site back to its grandeur. This is by no means a personal attack and I do not question that Danielle is trying her hardest.
paul December 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I like Mike but I just realized perhaps he just goes after the little stories like accidents..... ;o) That was his thing. Danielle has her flair of journalism.. I know she is doing her job because some are commenting about her style which means you read it and wanted to comment... Just saying.......

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