National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 2-8, 2012

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. “We are seeing more flu activity in Broome County than we normally see at this time of year. Although it is difficult to predict what the flu season will be like, this could be an indicator that we are in for a long hard season. The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated.  Although vaccination does not provide 100 percent protection against the flu, it does significantly decrease your chance of getting the flu and helps decrease complications if you do get the flu,” said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department.
 
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.
 
Symptoms of the flu include: 
  • A fever of 100° or higher or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children) 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine, especially people at high-risk for severe complications from the flu, including: 
  • children aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months)
  • pregnant women
  • adults aged 50 years and older
  • people with chronic health problems like diabetes, heart, liver, lung, kidney, and certain
  • neurological diseases and extreme obesity.
In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Broome County Health Department will hold a flu vaccination clinic on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 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. 
 
For more information on the flu, visit the Broome County Health Department website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu.
 
 
 
 
11/30/2012 - 12:09pm