Broome County Health Department Expands Flu Clinic Schedule to Reach Students and Families

Fight the Flu
BINGHAMTON, NY – Beginning November 4, 2010, the Broome County Health Department will be offering flu clinics at geographically dispersed school districts throughout the county to reach children aged 3 and up, adults and seniors.
 
The health department is able to offer the flu vaccine at no cost to children aged 3 to 18 years through the Vaccine for Children Program. The cost for adults aged 19 and older is $20. There will be no out of pocket fee for people aged 65 and older who subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today’s Options, or CDPHP Medicare.
 
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending routine influenza vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and older this flu season. This year the seasonal flu vaccine includes the H1N1 flu strain that caused widespread illness throughout the nation last flu season. It is necessary for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccination each year because viruses change regularly and the flu vaccine is updated each year.   Another reason to get flu vaccine every year is that after you get vaccinated your immunity declines over time and may be too low to provide protection after a year.
 
“We are hoping that the community will take advantage of these additional strategically located clinics and get vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Claudia Edwards. “Children in particular were susceptible to the H1N1 virus last year. It is highly likely this same strain will be circulating again this flu season, so we encourage parents to be vigilant and get their children and themselves vaccinated. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu.  Vaccinating children will not only prevent them from getting sick, it will also help stop the spread of illness to adults and especially the senior population, who are more vulnerable to the severe effects of flu.”
 
2010 School Flu Clinic Schedule
 
4 November
Binghamton City School District
West Middle School
  
18 November
Whitney Point Central School District
High School
 
2 December
Susquehanna Valley Central School District
Richard T. Stank Middle School
 
6 December
Union Endicott Central School District
District Offices
 
9 December
Johnson City Central School District
Intermediate School
 
16 December
Windsor Central School District
Middle School/Palmer Building
 
All clinics are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
Residents can call the Broome County Health Department Information Line at 607.778.3911, Option 3, to hear a recording of the school district flu clinics that serve community members aged 3 years and older. To hear a listing of flu clinics that serve adults and seniors only, call 607.778.3911 and select Option 2. For listing of flu clinics, log onto the Broome County Health Department website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu.
 
To further protect yourself from getting sick this flu season, practice these good health habits:
  • Wash your hands often. This is the best protection against getting germs.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and running errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
 

 

10/18/2010 - 10:45am