Middlesex County Health Dept. Announces Flu Shot Clinics

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The county’s flu immunization clinics are underway and will continue through Oct. 7. Flu immunizations will be provided to Middlesex County residents 6 months of age and over, no appointment is necessary. For locations and dates, visit http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp

There will be a charge of $15 per vaccination. The $15 fee will be accepted in “cash only” and exact change is strongly recommended. Medicare patients may present their card at time of registration to have Medicare billed.

Pneumococcal immunizations will also be available by appointment only to Middlesex County residents who are 65 years of age and older and have not previously received this vaccine. There will be a charge of $20 per vaccination. The $20 fee will be accepted in “cash only” and exact change is strongly recommended. Medicare will be billed if applicable, but patients must present their Medicare card at the time of registration. Call for pneumococcal vaccine appointments between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Friday 1-732-745-3100

No bill larger than a $20 will be accepted.

According to county officials, everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months.

“Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year but good health habits can also help protect against the flu,” said Katherine Antonitis, Acting Director-Health Officer of the Middlesex County Office of Public Health.

You can help reduce the spread of flu to yourself and others if you:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean your hands often. (Keep alcohol-based hand cleaners in your purse, car, and back pack, when soap and water are not available.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw away the used tissue.
  • Get regular exercise, plenty of rest, and eat healthy, balanced meals.

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