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October 03, 2011

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.

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Media Advisory: Health and Senior Services Commissioner to Visit Lakewood Pediatric Flu Clinic to Encourage Vaccination



On Tuesday, October 4, New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary O’Dowd will join Dr. Dovid Friedman, CEO of the Center for Health Education Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED), in Lakewood as CHEMED health care workers vaccinate children against influenza.


Commissioner O’Dowd will speak to children about the importance of getting vaccinated and steps they can take to prevent the spread of flu.


The flu clinic will begin at 12:30 pm at CHEMED, 1771 Madison Avenue (Route 9), Lakewood.


During this visit, children will receive low-to-no-cost immunizations funded through New Jersey’s Vaccines for Children Program, which is a federally funded, state operated vaccine supply program that provides pediatric vaccines at no cost to doctors to serve children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of an inability to pay.  For more information about this program please visit:


CHEMED is a Federally Qualified Health Center which provides primary health care, disease prevention, health education, case management services, and social service referral to all residents of the Lakewood area to promote and maintain healthier lifestyles. For more information on CHEMED and the services they provide visit their web site at


For more information about influenza, including where to find vaccine, visit the DHSS web page at and click on “Find a Flu Shot”





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