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Commissioner of Health Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH
Dutchess County 2011 Adult Flu Clinic Schedule
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the schedule for the County’s 2011 Adult Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics. The Dutchess County Department of Health will host five clinics at various locations throughout the county from October 7th to December 2nd. Additionally this year, flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be available at the Health Department’s weekly Adult Immunization and Screening Clinics held on Mondays at the Main Street office location in the City of Poughkeepsie.
“Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself against this serious disease,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Everyone six months and older should get their flu vaccination, especially pregnant women and those with health conditions such as diabetes which are at higher risk for flu complications. Our Adult Flu Clinics are one way you can defend yourself and your family against the flu.”
The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will again protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness in 2009. It is important to receive the vaccine again this year, because the body’s level of immunity from a vaccine received last season has declined by this year.
In addition, residents are urged to take everyday preventive steps like covering their cough, staying home when they are sick, and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of germs.
“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. “Influenza is among the most common respiratory illnesses in the United States, infecting millions of people every flu season. Flu can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death, so it is important to take prevention seriously. It is simple thing to get a flu shot and can have a life saving impact.”
The Dutchess County Department of Health will once again offer convenient online registration for all clinics. Interested individuals may register and find more information about flu immunization online at www.dutchessny.gov and clicking the “What to Do About Flu” button, or log onto http://bit.ly/DCFluShots. Those without internet access may call the Department of Health's Flu Information line at (845) 486-3435 or call to register at (845) 486-3419.
This year, the fee for inactivated flu vaccine will be $32, FluMist will be $40, and the fee for the pneumonia vaccine is $75. 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 Adult Flu Clinics will offer vaccine to anyone 18 and older wishing to protect themselves against influenza. Individuals less than 18 years of age may attend one of the Department’s Children’s Immunization Clinics to receive flu vaccination and other important immunizations at low-cost or no cost. Individuals less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Visit http://bit.ly/DCDOHClinics for more information about these and other Department of Health Clinics.
See the 2011 Flu Clinic Schedule below.
2011 Influenza/Pneumococcal Clinic Schedule
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