Flu Vaccine By Appointment Prevents Waiting
“Seasonal Flu Vaccine Offers Protection From H1N1”
Oneida County residents will be able to schedule their own appointment at a series of flu immunization clinics, to be held at locations throughout Oneida County during the 2010 – 2011 flu season. The clinics get underway Friday, October 1st at the Oneida County Health Department at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica.
Adults, 19 years and older whose insurance is not accepted can get this year’s vaccine, which combines both seasonal flu protection and protection from the H1N1 strain of influenza, for a 25-dollar fee from 9:00 to 11:00 am and from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on that day. Children 18 years and younger can get the flu vaccine during the health department’s regularly scheduled immunization clinics. A complete schedule of clinics can be found on the department’s web site at ocgov.net, where those wanting the flu shot can schedule an appointment during a preferred block of time. On-line scheduling at last year’s H1N1 clinics was well received by the public and proved highly successful in reducing crowd size and eliminating long waits.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes using the bend of your arm when a tissue is unavailable.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid persons with fever or other flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home from work or school if you experience a fever or other flu-like illness and remain home for 24-hours after your fever subsides without fever-reducing medications.