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September 27, 2011

Oswego County Health Department Will Hold Flu Clinic for Kids on Columbus Day

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic for children ages 6 months to 18 years old on Monday, Oct. 10. The clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Health Department Office located at 70 Bunner St., Oswego. No appointment is needed.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

The cost of getting the vaccine is $15, and is covered by Medicaid. Those with Medicaid or Medicaid managed care should bring their benefit card with them to the clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for the shot. 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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