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September 20, 2011

Oswego County Health Department Begins Flu Vaccination Clinics

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department announces the start of its seasonal flu clinics for adults. Clinics for children will be held when age-specific vaccines become available.

Influenza immunization clinics for people ages 19 and older will open on Wednesday, October 5. The clinics will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner Street, Oswego. The vaccination will be given by appointment only.

The vaccination cost is $30 and is covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at the flu clinics. The cost of the pneumonia vaccine is $50 and it is also covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. Be sure to bring your insurance cards with you to the clinic.

Flu season typically starts in October and sometimes lasts until April. Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated against influenza. Oswego County Director of Public Health Dr. Dennis Norfleet said, "While the timing of the flu season and its severity are unpredictable, the virus is certain to be in our community. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious respiratory disease is to get a flu shot."

On average, 36,000 Americans die of complications from the flu each year and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. The easiest and best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated.

To schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine, go to https://www.ehealthscheduling.com or call 315-349-3547.

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

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