Getting flu vaccine without having to travel

January 17, 2013 3:30:42 AM PST
We have seen how difficult it has been for some folks to find the flu vaccine.

But now instead of going out and searching for it, the shot is coming to you.

The truck, parked in Garretson Beach, Brooklyn every day from 9 to 5 offers medical care and flu shots.

"I've never gotten the flu shot before but I have a newborn this year," said John Dewitt.

Dewitt is is getting flu shot as Thomas Sullivan feels like he has the flu.

"I was feeling rundown with flu like symptoms," he said.

But at least help is close to home.

"I didn't have to wait in the doctors office, I could just walk down the street," he adds.

The truck is one of 3 mobile medical buses run by Coney Island hospital, focusing on areas hardest hit by storm Sandy.

"It's terrific for the people in the neighborhood after sandy half the people have no cars," adds Dewitt.

On board here are two doctors for adult and pediatric patients.

"Children are coming in with a lot runny noses sore throats and headaches," said Dr. Shashikala Pillai.

They say they've been seeing up to 50 patients a day and the number of people asking for flu shots this past week has quadrupled.

Insurance is accepted if you have it, but otherwise the services and flu shots are free and no one is turned away.


Mobile Units located at: MCU Park in Coney Island; in Gerritsen Beach at 43 Seba Avenue or on Staten Island at Midland Avenue and Olympia Blvd.

HHC is also providing flu vaccines at outpatient clinics in our 11 hospitals, six large health centers and child health clinics throughout the city.

In addition:

  • Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx is holding a special flu vaccine clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate New Yorkers who want to get vaccinated.
  • Harlem Hospital is offering flu vaccines on Sundays as well as Monday through Friday.
  • Bellevue Hospital is offering flu vaccines in the atrium Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    Get more information about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control at

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