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Jan. 26, 2005

Oswego County Health Department Offers Flu Shots to All Residents

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department is now offering flu shot appointments to all county residents that want to receive the shot. The state Health Department has expanded eligibility requirements for the flu shot. Anyone who wants to receive a flu shot is encouraged to get one.

Appointments must be made in advance. To make an appointment, call the county Health Department weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., phone 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3547.

Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Commissioner of Health Services, said there is still a health benefit for people that receive their flu shot in January or February. The influenza season usually lasts until March. It takes about two weeks to build up immunity after receiving the shot, so people should try to make their appointments as soon as possible.

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 flu 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.

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