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February 17, 2011

Oswego County Health Department Still Offers Flu Vaccine

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Director of Public Health, would like to stress the importance of staying healthy and getting vaccinated this flu season.

Flu is in the area, nearby Onondaga County has seen over 60 cases in the past few weeks. "Flu tends to peak in February in this area," said Norfleet. "There is still enough time to get vaccinated against the flu and protect your family and loved ones."

Everyone is at risk for flu. The flu can bring a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Flu also leads to more than 200,000 people being hospitalized from complications each year. Serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, can even lead to death.

It's not too late to get vaccinated. The Oswego County Health Department is offering flu vaccine at their regularly scheduled immunization clinic each week. Clinics are held at 70 Bunner St. in Oswego every Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 .pm. There are no appointments needed for this clinic.

The cost of the flu shot is $30 for adults and $15 for children. The cost is covered by Medicare and Medicaid and no one is ever turned away because of inability to pay.

"Don't let the flu catch you by surprise this season," said Norfleet. "Be prepared and mark Friday down on your calendar to get vaccinated-it's not too late!"

For more information about the flu or the flu vaccine, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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