National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 7-13, 2014

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccination yet this year, it is not too late. In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 7-13, the Broome County Health Department will be holding a flu clinic on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The clinic is open to anyone ages three and up. The cost is $25 payable by cash or check. The health department will bill your insurance if you are 65 years of age or older and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, or Today’s Options.

 
NIVW is a national observance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
 
Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protect before influenza starts spreading in their community. 
 
Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season different flu viruses can spread and they can affect people differently based on differences in the immune system. Children under 5, adults over 65, and pregnant women are at highest risk of suffering serious complications from the flu. Healthy children and adults can also experience serious illness and death from influenza. The best protection against the flu is for everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated annually. 
 
For more information about the flu or the flu vaccine, visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
12/03/2014 - 9:36am