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Oct. 14, 2005

Oswego County Health Department Will Offer Appointments for Public Flu Clinic

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department will take appointments by phone Oct. 20 for a public flu clinic for 800 high-risk individuals. To make a reservation, people may call 591-9168 between 4 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. The clinic will be held on Oct. 28. The location will not be announced because walk-ins will not be accepted.

"We recently received enough vaccine to provide 800 flu shots," said Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Health Commissioner. "The Oct. 28 clinic will be by appointment only for high-risk residents. Additional clinics will be announced in November as the County Health Department continues to receive vaccine shipments. Those clinics will be open to any resident seeking a flu shot."

Smith said that people should not try to call for an appointment before 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 because the phone reservation system will not be activated until that time.

The high-risk definition includes:

  • Adults 65 or older;
  • Residents of long-term care facilities;
  • People ages 2 to 64 who have underlying chronic medical conditions;
  • Children age six to 23 months;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Health care workers involved in direct patient care; and
  • Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children less than 6 months old.

A doctor's prescription is required for pregnant women and high-risk adults between the ages of 19 and 64. Callers should be prepared 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. People who don't bring proper documentation to the clinic will not be vaccinated.

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 $30 for the vaccine.

The flu shot is also 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.

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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