According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between August 30, 2009 and January 23, 2010 there were a reported 39,387 hospitalizations due to the H1N1 flu virus and 1,857 deaths in the United States alone. Symptoms of the H1N1 flu include fever or feverish chills, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and feelings of fatigue. People most at risk include children under the age of 5, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and people who have certain medical conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all people over the age of 6 months get vaccinated. Nassau County’s goal is to vaccinate all people against H1N1 flu and this partnership with the New York Islanders will provide as much access to vaccines as possible.
"Since influenza illness is unpredictable and we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 influenza, all people are urged to get vaccinated. This vaccine is the best way to protect against the H1N1 virus," said Health Commissioner Dr. Maria Torroella Carney. The flu is believed to be spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes of those are sick with the flu. To get tickets to the game, please visit NewYorkIslanders.com or CLICK HERE