With flu season right around the corner, two city agencies are teaming up to protect kids.
The Departments of Health and Education are encouraging school-aged children to get their flu shots.
Health officials say that young children are susceptible to the flu virus, which kills 2,000 people per year in the city.
In order to get the word out, the Health Department is launching a pilot program offering free flu shots in 15 different elementary schools across the city.
Ads will be appearing on the subways from now through February, telling parents of the importance of getting vaccinated.
Officials will begin offering the shots at the schools beginning December 9.
For more information, text "FLU" to 877877 or dial 311.
The Health Department says that 167 children across the country, including four from the city, died last year from influenza.