Middlesex County Announces Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine Clinics

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will offer 17 seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal (pneumonia) clinics at sites throughout the county between now and Oct. 30.

“Middlesex County is committed to offering our residents the programs and services they need to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the county’s Public Safety and Health Committee. “Our Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Program is one important way we can boost the health and welfare of all who live and work here.”

“Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination as soon as vaccine is available this fall,” said County Health Services Director-Health Officer Lester Jones. “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.”

Influenza vaccination clinics will be open to Middlesex County residents age 6 months and older, no appointment is necessary. Influenza vaccinations will cost $15 each. Residents who present a valid Red, White, and Blue Medicare card will not be charged; Medicare will be billed.

Pneumococcal vaccination clinics will be available by appointment only to residents age 65 and older who have never received the pneumococcal vaccination. Pneumococcal vaccinations will cost $20 each. Residents who present a valid Red, White, and Blue Medicare card will not be charged; Medicare will be billed. Pneumococcal vaccination appointments can be made by calling 1-732-745-3100 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All fees must be paid in cash, and exact change is strongly advised. No bill larger than $20 will be accepted. Clients who do not have their valid Medicare card must pay the vaccination fee, or they can bring their card to a future Middlesex County Office of Public Health clinic to receive services. Receipts will be provided at the time of service.

You can also help reduce the spread of flu if you:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean your hands often. (Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers in your purse, car, and backpack, when soap and water is 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 your used tissue.
  • Get regular exercise, enough rest, and eat healthy, balanced meals.

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano, said “The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Office of Health Services, is committed to meeting the health needs of our residents and is happy to be able to offer this opportunity. We encourage all residents to come to one of our scheduled clinics.”

For additional information, call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services at 1-732-745-3100 or visit http://co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp to view the 2012-2013 schedule. You can also search for additional flu clinics in your area by calling 211 or by visiting the New Jersey Department of Health’s Find a Flu Shot website at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/flu/findflushot.shtml.

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