October 18, 2018


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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Mark Wade, MD, announced that the City of Newark is providing free influenza vaccinations, now through March 2019, at sites around the City. Newark residents seeking flu shots must present proof of residency at the sites, which can be personal identification or a utility bill with their name and address on it. A list of sites, dates, and times is given below.

“The fall season is the time when families should ask their healthcare providers about getting the annual flu shot,” said Mayor Baraka. “I urge all Newark residents, especially our residents with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, who are most vulnerable to the flu virus, to protect themselves by taking advantage of these free vaccinations for flu prevention.”

“Newark residents should get their flu shots to ensure their physical health and well-being during this season. We are offering free flu shots at various locations throughout the City and encourage all Newark residents to take advantage of this service. Protect yourself, your children, and your community by doing your part to reduce the spread of the disease,” the Mayor added.

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. Each year studies determine how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

Here are key points that residents of Newark should keep in mind:

  • Vaccination is the best way to prevent or reduce flu illnesses.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you develop the symptoms of flu, please contact your medical provider as soon as possible.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

For more information regarding the 2018-9 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program, contact Velda Font-Morris MPH, Immunization Coordinator, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness at (973) 733-7643 or the Division of Surveillance and Prevention at (973) 733-7592.


Monday, October 22nd

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ironbound Community Corp.

432 Lafayette Street, Newark, New Jersey

Tuesday, October 23rd

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

North Ward Center

346 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Newark, New Jersey

Wednesday, October 24th

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

La Casa de Don Pedro

23 Broadway, Newark, New Jersey

Thursday, October 25th

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

La Casa de Don Pedro

282 First Avenue, Newark, New Jersey

Friday, October 26th

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grace West Manor Senior

301 Irvine Turner Blvd., Newark, New Jersey

Monday, October 29th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (staff)

NDH&CW (Room 205)

110 William Street

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (staff)

M.E. Mahoney FQHC (Zen Room)

394 University Ave., Newark, New Jersey

Tuesday, October 30th

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

New Community Corp.

563 Orange Street, Newark, New Jersey

1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.

Covenant House

330 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey

Friday, November 2nd

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Newark Fire Department

191 Orange Street, Newark, New Jersey

Thursday, November 8th

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Newark Fire Department

191 Orange Street, Newark, New Jersey