EAST BRUNSWICK—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will be providing free H1N1 vaccinations on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Brunswick Square Mall (JC Penney Wing), 755 Route 18 South, East Brunswick.
Free injectable and nasal vaccinations will be available for persons 6 months of age and older. Residents can view clinic dates and driving directions on the County Web site: http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp.
Clinic participants are strongly encouraged to visit the Web site to download, print and fill out the required consent form prior to attending. Filling out forms in advance reduces waiting times.
It is important for children under 10 years of age to receive their second dose of H1N1 vaccine. Residents can have their children vaccinated at one of the upcoming clinics. Please be advised that a second vaccine dose cannot be given until at least 28 days has passed from the administration of the first dose.
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.”
“Brunswick Square Mall is pleased to team up with the Middlesex County Public Health Department in offering our shoppers a convenient way to address this important health concern,” said Brunswick Square and Menlo Park Mall Area Director of Marketing Suzy Lichter. “With the height of the flu season upon us, the timing of this couldn’t be better.”
David A. Papi, Director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, stated, “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 can search for other seasonal and H1N1 flu clinics within Middlesex County and New Jersey by visiting the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Web site at http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/flu/fluschedules.aspx.
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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