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Pelham Prepared for Flu Season with Vaccines

PELHAM, N.Y. – Bronx resident and frequent Pelham visitor Paula Bertin has already received her flu shot for the year. She spends much of her time around children and did not want to spread sickness to them.

“I got mine as soon as it came out and I think it’s very important, especially for elderly people and young children,” Bertin said.

Bertin, who received her shot in the beginning of October, works in early childhood intervention and spends much of her time in the Bronx and Westchester County interacting with children up to 3-years-old with autism and other disabilities.

Bertin, 60, spends plenty of time in Pelham because she said her best friend lives there. The two walked a dog on Fifth Avenue on Monday. She recalled that a month ago, a friend’s daughter caught the flu. Recently, Bertin and her husband told their daughter, who is away at college, to get her flu shot.

“It just makes so much sense,” Bertin said.

The Bronx resident said she tries to get her shots as soon as they become available each year and said she has not had the flu in more than a decade because the shots have kept her healthy.

Dr. Alicia Almendral, of the Pelham Medical Group, said that her office provides flu shots from September to April. She said January and February are the peak months for flu season.

Almendral said people often get their flu shots after Thanksgiving and in early December, but her office informs them about the availability of the shots through e-mail blasts and verbal reminders when patients are at the office.

“We’re proactive here,” Almendral said.

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