Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that the Dutchess County Department of Health, under the direction of Commissioner of Health, Dr. Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, plans to hold a flu clinic at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, Route 199 (2829 Church Street), Pine Plains, New York on Tuesday, December 28th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “After our three early clinics in October at Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, I indicated to Commissioner Caldwell I felt we had an obligation to geographically balance our distribution of the vaccine to our Dutchess residents. As a result, we targeted eastern Dutchess on November 15th in Dover, then we moved to Fishkill just last week for the convenience of southern Dutchess residents.” Now, the Executive said, “We are moving our county health staff to Pine Plains to improve accessibility for residents of northern Dutchess towns.”
“The Dutchess County Department of Health continues to monitor and evaluate the current flu vaccine shortage. We remain dedicated to assuring vaccine for long-term care facilities, as well as continuing to provide access to the flu vaccine through public clinics, and redistribution to medical practitioners
within the County,” Dr. Caldwell said.
If the clinic is cancelled due to inclement weather, the clinic will be rescheduled for the following day, Wednesday, December 29, 2004 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. An announcement will be made on the following radio stations if this should occur: WPDH (101.5); WRRV (92.7/96.9); KICKS (94.3); Mix 97 (97.7); El Ritmo (AM 1340 / 1390); and WKNY (1400 AM).
The Flu Clinic is meant for Dutchess County residents, 18 years of age and older, who meet the following criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Adults aged 65 years and older;
Persons aged 18-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions;
All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
Health care workers providing direct patient care; and
Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than 6 months.
For information about flu vaccine for children, please call your family doctor or the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3409.
“The Department of Health personnel has continued to strive toward our goal of providing vaccine as equally as possible across the County and across the various high-risk groups as defined by the CDC,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus. “They have done a phenomenal job of providing influenza vaccine to our residents in the midst of a very difficult time.”
All participants attending the flu clinic are advised to take the following precautions:
Individuals with mobility limitations (wheelchair, etc.) should bring someone to assist them.
Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand in line.
Be prepared to wait for as long as two hours.
No pneumonia shots will be given at this clinic. Pneumonia shots will be available at a later date during regularly scheduled Adult Immunization Clinic.
Dr. Caldwell stated, “I am pleased to report that our hospitals and long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, have received adequate flu vaccine for their residents and staff.” Dr. Caldwell added that the County has requested additional vaccine supplies, and intends to continue distributing flu vaccine to medical providers in the community as it is received. “We will continue to announce our clinics as they are scheduled. We will continue to provide you regular updates as we receive more information,” he said.
Individuals are encouraged to frequently check the County website at http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or to call the Flu Hotline at (845) 486-3435 for changes and updates. For individuals outside the 845 area code, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, they may call the Department’s 800 number at 1-800-218-2799.
Representatives of Stissing Mountain High School will not be taking calls regarding this event. Residents in need of further information should contact the Public Health Nursing Division at 845-486-3419.