Middlesex County College To Hold Regional H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

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EDISON—The Middlesex County Public Health Department and Middlesex County College will hold two regional H1N1 vaccination clinics on the college campus in Edison. Free nasal and injectable vaccinations are available for county residents, students, and faculty 6 months of age and older.

Clinic participants are strongly encouraged to visit the Middlesex County Public Health Department web site at http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp to download, print and fill out the required consent form prior to attending.  Filling out forms in advance reduces waiting times. H1N1 priority groups, vaccine information statements, and other regional vaccination sites can also be viewed on the web site.

Middlesex County College H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Dates, Times and Locations:
• Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Physical Education Center (PEC) Gym
• Friday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., College Center Cafeteria C

Parking is free and participants can find driving directions to the clinics by visiting the Middlesex County College Web site at: http://www.middlesexcc.edu/aboutmcc/control.cfm/ID/2256.

Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee, said: “The Middlesex County Public Health Department is committed to meeting the health needs of our residents and are happy to be able to offer this opportunity. We encourage residents from any of our 25 municipalities to come to this regional clinic.”

David A. Papi, director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, said, “National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) begins Jan. 10.  A goal of this initiative is to encourage individuals to receive their influenza vaccination.  This flu season our Department is encouraging residents, especially at-risk individuals, to receive their H1N1 vaccine.  You can protect yourself and others from the H1N1 flu and improve community immunity by getting vaccinated.”

Papi said other ways to prevent the spread of influenza include:

• Washing your hands throughout the day.  If soap and water are not available, you can use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Covering your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue and then throwing the used tissue away safely in the garbage.  Then after you throw the tissue away, wash your hands.  If you do not have a tissue, then you can cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm.

• Staying home if you are sick.  If you become sick, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.  Fever should be gone without the use of fever reducing medication.

Residents who have general questions about H1N1 or the vaccine may call the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ toll-free public information hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday at 1-866-321-9571.

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