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Nov. 1, 2010

Children's Flu Vaccine Now Available
at Oswego County Health Department Clinics

The Oswego County Health Department is now offering influenza vaccine for children aged six months to 18 years at their regularly scheduled immunization clinics.

Clinics are held every Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego and the first and third Friday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski. The children's flu clinics are walk-in clinics. No appointment is needed.

The flu season usually starts in October and sometimes lasts until April.

"This is the perfect time to get vaccinated against influenza," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Director of Public Health. "It is very important for each child over the age of six months to receive an influenza vaccine."

Some symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, and fatigue. Dr. Norfleet said the single best way to protect against these symptoms of seasonal flu and their potential severe complications in children is to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year.

The cost of getting the vaccine is $15 and is covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. Patients should bring their insurance cards to the clinic. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Parents should bring their child's immunization record to the clinic.

For more information about flu vaccinations, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547 or go to www.flu.gov.

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