National Influenza Vaccination Week December 4-10, 2011

(BINGHAMTON, NY) - In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Broome County Health Department will be holding a flu clinic on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their offices located at 225 Front Street, Binghamton. The clinic is open to anyone ages three and up. The fee for the flu vaccine is $25 (cash or check only). If you are 65 years of age or older and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today’s Options or CDPHP Medicare the health department will bill your insurance plan.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious, respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, which can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting oneself against the flu.  
“Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you should still get one this year,” said Sue Blythe, Immunization Nurse at the Broome County Health Department. “Flu viruses are constantly changing, and because of that, new flu vaccines are manufactured each year.   That is why it is necessary to get vaccinated each flu season.”
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older; however, people who are severely allergic to eggs or egg products and infants younger than 6 months of age should not get the vaccine.
The influenza shot cannot give you the flu because the viruses in it have been inactivated and cannot cause the flu. Most people do not experience any side effects from the flu shot. The most common side effects are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling at the site the shot is given. Low grade fever, headache, and muscle aches may also occur.
Influenza can occur at any time, but most influenza occurs from October through May. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Getting vaccinated in December or even later can still be beneficial.
Make your health a priority this flu season—get vaccinated.


12/02/2011 - 2:28pm