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Kari Reiber, MD, Acting Commissioner

 

     


Dutchess County 2013 Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccine Clinics

The Dutchess County Department of Health has announced its 2013 influenza and pneumonia clinic schedule.

Friday, October 11, 2013   10 a.m. - 12 noon
Fishkill Baptist Church, 107 Route 82, Fishkill

Friday, November 8, 2013   10 a.m. - 12 noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook

Online registration is available.

 

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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health condictions, are at high risk for serious flu complication. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Getting a flu vaccine the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The upcoming season's flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.

Beginning in the 2013 influenza season an additional influenza B strain will be added.  Only a small percentage of available flu vaccine will contain the additional strain of influenza B this year.  It will become more widely available in the 2014 season.  Also new this year is a flu vaccine manufactured using recombinant technology designed for use in persons with a history of egg allergies.  Consult your physician about what vaccine may be right for you. 

- Influenza Vaccine Recommendations -

Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, especially those individuals who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Children 6 months to 18 years of age
  • Adults 50 years of age or older
  • Individuals with health conditions that put them at risk of complications from influenza

 

- Where Can I get My Flu Vaccine? -

Aside from the County public flu clinics (see below), flu vaccine may be available locally at your doctor’s office, pharmacies, and other retail stores.  Visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/ and enter your zip code to find out where you can get your flu shot. Those who do not have access to a computer or the Internet can call 1-800-522-5006  (TTY: 1-800-655-1789) to find a nearby provider.

Information regarding the Dutchess County Department of Health's Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinic Schedule is given below.  If you would like to receive email notifications  when updates are made to the County public Flu and Pneumonia Clinics schedule, click on the DutchessDelivery icon at the top of this page to subscribe.

 

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Questions?

See Flu Questions & Answers (.pdf) and visit http://www.flu.gov for information about influenza.

For information about our flu clinics, please call our infoline at (845) 486-3435.  You can also contact us using our automated response system,
Your Dutchess Direct -   Go to Your Dutchess Direct   If you have any further questions, please call the New York State Department of Health's 24 hour hotline at (800) 808-1987.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a 24 hour hotline available for any health question, Telephone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) - TTY: (888) 232-6348 – email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov – website: www.cdc.gov

Further Information:



 

Get Vaccinated! Don't Get Flu. Don't Spread Flu. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu    Vacúnese. No se contagie con la influenza. No propague la influenza. www.cdc.gov/flu

KNOW what to do about the Flu from the NYS Department of Health


 

Kari Reiber, MD,Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD
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