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Sept. 15, 2004

Oswego County Health Department Postpones Flu Clinics

Due to delays in the delivery of influenza vaccine, the Oswego County Health Department will postpone its flu immunization clinics that usually begin during the first week of October.

Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Commissioner of Health Services, said Oswego County's clinics would begin as soon as the county receives its supply of flu vaccine. "Most people receive their flu vaccines in October or November," said Smith. "We are hoping we will be able to begin the clinics in late October or early November."

The Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in August a delay in shipping flu vaccine because of production problems related to a small number of doses manufactured by Chiron. As a result, health care providers across the United States have had to delay their flu immunization clinics.

Although there is a delay in vaccine delivery, the CDC expects there will be more than adequate supply this fall for anyone who needs a flu shot.

"The vaccine still provides substantial protection benefits if it is administered in mid-November and later," said Smith. "It's important that people plan to receive the immunization as soon as it becomes available."

In order to better serve the public, flu clinics will be held at several new sites around the county. The new sites include Hannibal Town Hall, Fulton War Memorial, Scriba, Pulaski American Legion, Mexico Wilcox Hall, Oswego and Phoenix. Details will be announced as soon as the county receives its supply of vaccine.

People in these categories should receive the flu shot:

  • Those age 50 or older;
  • Those who have any kind of chronic medical condition or weakened immune system;
  • Women who expect to be pregnant during flu season;
  • Children between 6 months and 23 months;
  • Health care workers;
  • First Responders; and
  • Family members of people who are at high risk of flu complications.

For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department, at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

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