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Dec. 3, 2004

All Flu Clinic Appointments Are Filled

All 1,000 appointments for a public flu clinic in Oswego County were filled Monday. The county health department accepted reservations by phone Monday afternoon and evening from people who are at highest risk of health complications from the flu. The clinic will be held Dec. 5.

Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Commissioner of Health Services, said the appointments were filled within four hours.

Any new developments regarding flu shots in Oswego County will be announced through the news media and on the health department's flu shot hotline, phone 349-3545. Toll-free, call 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3545.

Smith said children's flu shots are available from area pediatricians and at county immunization clinics from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

The flu shot is recommended for all healthy infants age 6 months through 23 months, and for children ages 2 through 18 who have a chronic medical condition such as asthma or diabetes.

To help prevent the spread of flu, people are advised to:

  • Wash your hands often;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you sneeze and cough;
  • Stay away from crowds when you are sick and when there is flu in the community;
  • Keep sick children home from school;
  • Adults should not go to work when they are sick; and
  • Do not visit hospitals and nursing homes if you have flu and cold symptoms.

Flu symptoms include high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. People who experience these symptoms should contact their physician.

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