National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 8-14, 2008

Health Department Urges County Residents to Take Advantage of Flu Vaccine Supplies

BINGHAMTON N.Y.To highlight the importance of continuing influenza (flu) vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine through the months of November and December and beyond, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the week of December 8-14, 2008, as National Influenza Vaccination Week. Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of the flu should get vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop immunity against the flu.

The Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton, has a sufficient supply of flu vaccine available and will provide its last flu clinic for adults on Friday, December 19, 2008, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The fee for the flu vaccination is $30 payable at the time of service by cash or check (debit or credit cards are not accepted). There is no out of pocket fee for adults 65 and older on Medicare Part B.

Vaccinations for pneumonia will also be available for people 65 and older on Medicare Part B with no out of pocket cost. Individuals on Medicare must present all insurance cards to staff at the clinic. The $30 fee applies to all Medicare Advantage Plan participants.

To underscore the CDC’s recommendations that children older than 6 months get vaccinated against the flu, a flu clinic for children ages 6 months through 18 years will be held on Monday, December 29, 2008, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The fee for the vaccination will vary based on household income and will not exceed $17.85. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2839.

For more information about influenza immunization visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

12/08/2008 - 11:56am