Township Of West New York Partners With Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center To Provide Free Flu Shots To Local Children

On February 21, The Township of West New York and Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center teamed up to provide free flu vaccines to nearly 150 children. The flu shots were provided to children over the age of five at the West New York Town Hall.

"We are trying to save lives, and we are going to make sure that West New York is safe by preventing the spread of this potentially deadly virus," said West New York Mayor Felix E. Roque, MD. "This flu season is very severe, and, as a doctor, I can tell you that education is key to ensuring that our community is safe. We thank our partners at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, who have really stepped up to make a difference."

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(left to right) Manny Diaz of the Township of West New York; Rev. Suleima Rosario-Diaz, MDiv, MSN, AGNP-BC, coordinator of Faith-Based Initiatives at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center; Nikki Mederos, director of External Affairs at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center; Jesus Alfonso, MD, of Palisades Medical Associates; West New York Mayor Felix E. Roque, MD; West New York Commissioner Susan Colacurcio; and Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz, director of the West New York Health Department.

Medical professionals from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center were on hand to speak with local parents and to provide flu education materials in English and Spanish.

"At Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, we are always pleased to help our local communities, and it is an integral part of our mission," said Jesus Alfonso, MD, of Palisades Medical Associates. "We are proud to team with the Township of West New York in administering these much-needed flu vaccines to local children during this challenging flu season."

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.