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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the schedule for the County’s 2010 Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics. The Dutchess County Department of Health will hold Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics at various locations throughout the county from October 1st to December 9th.
“Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “While everyone should get a flu vaccination, it is especially important for people in high risk categories to be vaccinated to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Our county flu clinics are an easy and convenient way to defend yourself and your family against the flu.”
The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. In addition, residents are urged to take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and frequent hand washing to reduce the spread of germs. If residents do find themselves sick with flu, the Department of Health recommends staying home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.
“As we have seen, Influenza is not a disease to be dismissed as nothing more than a cold, but rather one that can seriously affect our community,” said Commissioner of Health Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH. “You can protect yourself by getting vaccinated against the seasonal flu at your doctor’s office or the many grocery stores and pharmacies that are providing the vaccine, or at one of our public flu clinics. Log onto http://www.findaflushot.com/ to find out where you can get vaccinated.”
The Dutchess County Department of Health will be offering convenient online registration for all of their clinics. Interested individuals may register and find more information about flu immunization online at http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and clicking the “What to Do About Flu” button. For those without Internet access, they may call the Department of Health's Immunization program at (845) 486-3419. The fee for inactivated flu vaccine is $39, the fee for FluMist is $47, and the fee for the pneumonia vaccine is $26. Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B; individuals must bring card to the clinic. Adults enrolled in Medicare HMOs may be required to pay the fee.
The clinics will offer the flu vaccine to:
- Anyone 18 and older wishing to protect themselves against influenza.
- Adults (18 years of age and older) with chronic health problems including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease and conditions effecting the immune system)
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and out-of-home care givers of children
- 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.
See complete clinic schedule below.
2010 Influenza/Pneumococcal Clinic Schedule
1. 10/01/2010 Poughkeepsie, Bright Horizons at Casperkill 10-12
2330 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
2. 10/15/2010 Fishkill, Fishkill Baptist Church 10-12
107 Route 82, Fishkill, NY, 12524
3. 10/22/2010 Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fairgrounds 10-12
Bldg E, Mulberry Entrance, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
4. 10/26/2010 Pawling, Lakeside Park 10-12
2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY 12564
5. 11/05/2010 Beacon, Fishkill Correctional Facility Community Ctr. 10-12
Matteawan Road, Beacon, N.Y. 12508
6. 11/19/2010 Millbrook, Cornell Cooperative Extension 10-12
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, N.Y. 12545
7. 12/09/2010 Poughkeepsie, Mid-Hudson Civic Center 10-4
1 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601