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Flu Season Is Around The Corner

Broome County Announces Its Fall 2008 Flu Clinic Schedule

BINGHAMTON, NY - Fall is here and that means flu season is just around the corner. “There is plenty of flu vaccine this season, and we want people to get vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Claudia Edwards. Clinics will be offered throughout the county starting Monday, November 3rd, and continue through the end of the month.

Flu is much more serious than a cold and can lead to pneumonia or other life-threatening illnesses. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 are hospitalized from complications from the flu, and 36,000 die from the flu. The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get immunized.

This year's vaccine includes A/Brisbane/59/2007-like, A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like, and B/Florida/4/2006-like antigens. These viruses will be used because they are representative of influenza viruses that are forecasted to be circulating in the United States during the 2008-09 influenza season.

Beginning with the 2008-09 influenza season, all children aged 6 months-18 years should be vaccinated against influenza annually. This recommendation was made by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) based on evidence that the vaccine is safe and effective for school age children and can help reduce transmission of the flu to other household contacts.

Children aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months) continue to be a primary focus of vaccination efforts because these children are at higher risk for influenza complications compared with older children.

People who should get vaccinated each year are:

• Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday

• Pregnant women

• People 50 years of age and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

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• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

o Health care workers

o Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu

o Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Parents are advised to seek flu shots for children at their regular medical provider. Children under the age of three receive a different dosage of the vaccine than adults and, depending on the age of the child, may require a second dose of the vaccine.

It takes about two weeks to build protection against the flu after receiving the vaccine. A common myth about the flu shot is that it can cause a person to get the flu. This is not true because the flu shot is made from killed viruses.

Other steps individuals can take to stay healthy during flu season are to wash your hands frequently, use tissues and dispose of them, eat a balanced diet, get plenty of rest, exercise (it decreases stress which can lower your immune system), and avoid people who are ill.

The fee for this year's flu vaccination is the same as last year's fee of $30. The pneumonia shot is also available for Medicare Part B recipients aged 65 and older at Broome County Health Department sponsored clinics (*) only. There will be no out of pocket fee for the flu or pneumonia shots for Medicare Part B recipients. Individuals on Medicare must present all insurance cards to staff at the clinic. If you have signed up with a Medicare Advantage Plan you need to go to you primary care provider for the flu shot or be prepared to pay by cash or check. Some examples of Medicare Advantage programs are: Todays Options-American Progressive, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Aetna Golden Medicare, and CDPHP Medicare Choice.

Residents can call the Broome County Health Department Influenza Line at 607.778.3911, Option 2, to hear a recording of the current clinic schedule or log onto the Broome County Government website at www.goBroomeCounty.com/hd and click on flu information.

Clinics are scheduled on the following dates:

*11/03/08, Monday
9:00 – 11:00 AM & 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Broome County Health Department
225 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

If you have a driver's license, please bring it with you to this clinic for registration purposes

 

11/04/08, Tuesday
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Johnson City Senior Center
30 Brocton Avenue, Johnson City, NY 13790

 

11/04/08, Tuesday
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Port Crane Fenton Town Hall
44 Park Street, Port Crane, NY 13833

 

11/06/08, Thursday
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Deposit Senior Center
14 Monument Street, Deposit, NY 13754

 

11/07/08, Friday
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Maine Federated Church
Route 26, Maine, NY 13802

 

11/10/08, Monday
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Eastern Broome Senior Center
27 Golden Lane, Harpursville, NY 13787

 

11/12/08, Wednesday
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Endwell United Methodist Church
3301 Watson Boulevard, Endwell, NY 13760

 

11/13/08, Thursday
1:30 – 3:00 PM
First Ward Senior Center
226 Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

 

*11/14/08, Friday
9:00 – 11:00 AM & 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Broome County Health Department
225 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

 

11/17/08, Monday
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Northern Broome Senior Center
12 Strongs Place, Whitney Point, NY 13862

 

11/18/08, Tuesday
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Broome West Senior Center
2801 Wayne Street, Endwell, NY 13760

 

*11/19/08, Wednesday
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Broome County Health Department
225 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

 

11/20/08, Thursday
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Floyd L. Maines Community Center
942 Conklin Road, Conklin, NY 13748

 

11/21/08, Friday
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Vestal Library
320 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850

 

11/25/08, Tuesday
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Greenman Senior Center
37 Pine Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

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