NEW ROCHELLE, NY — With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York due to a seasonal influenza of epidemic proportions, I decided it was time to get a flu shot. It may already be too late — it take two weeks to to take effect and there are already 19,000 confirmed cases in New York. That is an increase of approximately 400 percent over the number of cases reported during the entire 2011-12 influenza season. On top of that my wife has been sick since Friday although she does not think it is the flu virus (she already got a flu shot in the fall).
I have to admit I usually do not get the flu shot and sometimes I get away with it. A few years ago my son got hit with the H1N1 virus and that was really bad. Every couple of years I have gotten the flu and ended up in bed for 2 weeks. There is too much to cover in New Rochelle for me to on my back for that long. So I decided to do it this year and then didn’t.
While I was dithering about when and where, I got an email from reader Pat Patel of the New Rochelle Prescription Center asking me to let readers know he just got in a batch of flu shots. They are in high demand and supplies have been running out around the country.
So, for now, if you want a flu shot (not the mist and not the intradermal) then head on down to 551 Main Street at they will hook you up. The cost is $25. If it helps me fend off this terrible strain of flu that is going around it is well worth the price.
We have written before about the disappearance of independent pharmacies in New Rochelle after the closing of Cherry Lawn and Almarc. New Rochelle Prescription Center is the last independent pharmacist in New Rochelle. If you are concerned about CVS and Walgreens gobbling all the pharmacies in New Rochelle, stop by New Rochelle Prescription Center and consider moving your business there.