First Flu Clinic Scheduled for Friday
The first of the Oneida County Health Departments series of public
flu clinics for 2008 will be held on Friday, October 17th from
at the departments
supplies of vaccine and a total of twenty-three clinics scheduled around the
County throughout October and November means that everyone who wants a flu
shot should be able to get one, said Patrice Bogan, Director of
Clinical Services for the health department. Unlike
previous years, were recommending the flu shot for just about everybody
who wants the best available protection from influenza.
A flu shot wont guarantee you wont get the flu, but it is
effective against the three most common strains of the seasonal virus,
health department officials say. The
vaccine will also shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the flu
should it develop. Health
Department officials stress that its impossible to get the flu from the
flu shot as some people mistakenly believe.
Bogan says those people who should get a flu shot include:
Children 6 months up to their 19th
People 50 years of age and older
People with chronic medical
People who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
Health Care Workers
Anyone who wants to protect
themselves and their families from influenza and related illnesses
Adults not covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B will be charged
$22.00 for the flu shot. Those
with a Medicare Managed Plan who choose not to get the flu shot from their
primary care provider will be charged the $22.00 fee.
Because childrens flu immunization differs from the adults,
childrens (18 years and younger) clinics will be scheduled at different
times. Call the Oneida County
Health Clinic at 798-5747 for times and vaccine availability.
In addition to getting a flu shot, there
are preventive steps that can be taken to reduce your risk of getting the
Wash your hands with soap and
water thoroughly and frequently
coughs and sneezes
Avoid people who have flu-like symptoms
Eat healthy and get plenty of rest
If you are sick, stay home from
work or school
If you get the flu, consult your primary care physician.
He may want to prescribe an anti-viral drug that will shorten your
illness and lessen its severity.
For more information on influenza or for information on times and locations of influenza clinics near you, call the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5747 or visit our web site at www.ocgov.net.