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Dec. 8, 2004

Oswego County Health Department Schedules Additional Flu Clinics

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department has received additional flu vaccine and will offer flu shots by appointment to 1,200 adults who are at high-risk of complications from the flu. Clinics will be held, by appointment only, Dec. 17, Dec. 21 and Dec. 29. The clinic times and locations will be provided to those who have a reservation.

To make a reservation, people may call 591-9168 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The health department will have at least 10 phone lines open to accept appointments. Smith said no one will be given a flu shot without an appointment and proper documentation.

"We still have a large unmet need for flu shots among high-risk persons in Oswego County," said Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Health Commissioner. "We have received enough additional vaccine to be able to provide shots to 1,200 high-risk adults."

People should not try to call for an appointment before 9 a.m. Dec. 14 because the phone reservation system will not be activated until that time. Callers will be asked to provide their name, type of chronic medical condition, address, phone number, date of birth, doctor's name, and Medicare identification number. All information will be treated as confidential.

The federal Centers for Disease Control defines high-risk as:

  • Adults aged 65 or older;
  • Persons aged 19 to 64 with underlying chronic medical conditions;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Health care workers involved in direct patient care; and
  • Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than 6 months.

A doctor's prescription is required for high-risk adults between the ages of 19 and 64 and pregnant women. Health care workers will need a written statement from their employer, and people who provide childcare to children less than 6 months of age will need a statement from their doctor.

The flu shot will be provided at a reduced cost at these clinics because the county received the vaccine from the New York State Department of Health. People who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare should bring their benefit card with them to their flu clinic appointment. All others will be charged $15 to cover the cost of administering the vaccine.

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

To help prevent the spread of flu, health officials advise people 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 health care provider.

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