Health Department schedules two flu vaccine clinics in October

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that the Health Department will hold two flu vaccine clinics in October: on Friday, October 2, and Friday, October 9, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building D, 1st Floor, Nurses’ Conference Room, Room 130, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona.

The flu vaccine is free of charge to adults 65 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age). Patients with Medicare and Medicaid must bring their cards. There is a $30 fee for those 9 through 64 years old. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill. No appointments are needed, but it is recommended that you register online before the clinic by visiting health.ny.gov/go2clinic

The Health Department will be giving the quadrivalent flu vaccine which does not contain the preservative thimerosal. The vaccine is called quadrivalent because it offers protection against four different flu viruses that research shows will be most common during the flu season: two influenza (flu) A viruses and two influenza B viruses. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year, Dr. Ruppert said.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu virus. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu.
The protection you get from the flu vaccine will last throughout the flu season. “Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications,” said Dr. Ruppert.
For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine clinics visit rocklandgov.com/health or call 845-364–2520.

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