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Nov. 10, 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 Oswego County residents.

Flu shots will be given at the County Health Department's immunization clinics in Pulaski and Oswego Friday, Nov. 18, and on Fridays in December. Appointments must be made in advance. To make an appointment, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3547.

(NOTE: Oswego County offices are closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.)

It takes about two weeks to build up immunity after receiving the shot.

"We now have enough flu vaccine to be able to offer flu shots to anyone who wants one. We especially encourage people ages 50 to 64 to have a flu shot," said Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Commissioner of Health Services.

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 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. Any child between the ages of 2 and 18 whose parent wishes to decrease the likelihood of their child becoming ill with influenza can receive a flu shot.

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; and
  • Keep sick children home from school.

Adults should not go to work when they are sick, and people should not visit hospitals and nursing homes if they 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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