Oct. 6, 2006
Oswego County Residents will be Able to Make Online Appointments for Flu Shots
This fall, Oswego County residents will be able to make appointments for flu shots over the Internet as well as by phone. Clinics will be scheduled as soon as the Oswego County Health Department receives its flu vaccine.
Kathleen Smith, Public Health Director, said that, like many other agencies, the Oswego County Health Department is experiencing delays in shipments of flu vaccine. The health department hopes to be able to start clinics by late October or early November.
"The best time to get a flu vaccine is in October, November or December, to have protection before the flu season peaks," said Smith. "The flu season can peak at any time from December through March, but most often peaks in February. Those people at greatest risk for complications of the flu, and those most likely to get or spread the flu, should be immunized as soon as vaccine is available."
It's estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of all Americans will get the flu.
The flu shot is recommended for people at high risk for health complications from the flu, including:
To help prevent the spread of flu, the county Health Department advises people to:
For information, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547. To access the Web site visit https://www.onflu.net/oswego/ The Web address will be active as soon as the clinics are finalized.
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