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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Dutchess County Executive, William R. Steinhaus announced today the schedule for the County’s 2005 Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics. Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics are conducted throughout the county each year during the fall by the Dutchess County Department of Health. This year these clinics will be held from October 24th through December 9th, 2005.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Dutchess County has always had a strong commitment to the health of the community and its citizens, particularly our seniors and our youth, two of our county’s greatest assets. That commitment is reinforced each fall by offering flu and pneumonia vaccinations at the right time for those who need it the most.” The County Executive noted that during last year’s flu vaccine shortage, the County was able to provide 7,240 residents with their flu shot with a majority receiving the vaccine at one of six public Flu Clinics.
“Last year’s flu vaccine shortage allowed us to not only meet the vaccination needs of more than 7,000 residents, but to also tested our ability to vaccinate large numbers of residents in a few locations. Our emergency preparedness planning enabled us to be prepared to meet the demands of a potentially difficult and demanding situation,” said Steinhaus.
The County Executive said representatives from various county departments will be available at the clinics to distribute information about programs and services in Dutchess County that are important to seniors. These include such programs as: the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps underwrite the cost of heating fuel oil for seniors) and Home Weatherization program through the County’s Division of Aging Services; and services available through the Social Services Department’s Adult Protective Services Unit.
Information about flu immunization and the public flu clinic schedule may be obtained by calling the Department of Health's Flu Immunization Hot-Line at (845) 486-3435. The hot-line is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, or log onto the County’s website at http://www.dutchessny.gov/.
These clinics will offer the flu vaccine to:
Anyone 50 and older,
Anyone 18 and older with a health problem;
Household contacts and out-of-home care givers of children less than 6 months of age;
Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care;
Household contacts of those at highest risk of complications from the flu.
All clinics will offer pneumonia vaccine to:
Adults 18-64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions; and,
Adults 65 years of age and older.
The fee for flu vaccine is $20. The fee for pneumonia vaccine is $25. Both vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare cards must be brought to the clinic. Adults enrolled in Medicare HMO’s may be required to pay the fee.