(BINGHAMTON, NY) - The Broome County Health Department is announcing its 2013 Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule for this fall. Clinics are open to anyone ages three and up.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal flu vaccinations for everyone who is at least 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for some groups to get vaccinated. Those include:
- Young children
- Older adults
- Pregnant women
- People with weakened immune systems
- People who have chronic illnesses
Although the cold and flu share the same symptoms, having the flu is much worse because the symptoms are more intense and can result in serious health problems such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, hospitalizations and even death.
The flu usually comes on suddenly and is marked with symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough.
“The best way to protect yourself and others from getting the flu is to get immunized each year,” said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department.
“Advances in scientific research have increased the flu vaccination options available to consumers this flu season, including painless options, which are great for children, a high dose vaccine for older adults, and a new vaccine made without eggs for those who have egg allergies,” said Edwards. “You should discuss your options with your physician, nurse, or pharmacist to see which vaccine option is available and may be best for you.”
At this time, the CDC does not have a preference of one flu vaccine product over another as long as the vaccine is provided as specifically recommended.
The health department will be offering the quadrivalent flu vaccine by shot only at their clinics. No nasal flu mist will be available. The quadrivalent (four-virus) flu vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year. It offers protection against the four different influenza (flu) viruses that research shows will be the most common during the season: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
The vaccine is $25 payable by cash or check. 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. Pneumonia shots will also be offered at the flu clinics for traditional Medicare Part B recipients aged 65 and older.
If your child’s immunizations are covered by medical insurance, parents are advised to seek flu vaccinations for them at their regular medical provider. This can help cut down on out of pocket costs, especially for children who require a second dose of the vaccine because of their age.
If your child’s immunizations are not covered by insurance, call the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2839 to schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine. The health department offers immunizations for uninsured children at low or no cost.
Residents can call the Broome County Health Department Influenza Line at 778-3911, Option 2, to hear a recording of the current clinic schedule or log onto the Broome County Health Department website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd
2013 FLU CLINIC SCHEDULE
Flu Clinics will be held at the Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 10th
- Monday, October 28th
- Monday, November 4th
- Thursday, December 12th