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October 11, 2011

County Health Department Announces Walk-In Clinics for Flu Shots

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department will hold walk-in flu clinics for adults, ages 19 and up, starting Tuesday, October 11, at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Getting a flu shot is the best strategy for preventing the flu and its complications; it can reduce one's chance of getting the flu by 70 to 90 percent.

"The flu is serious. It can be particularly dangerous for certain people at high risk, including people 65 and older; people with chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease; and pregnant women and young children," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Director of Public Health. "An otherwise healthy person may be sick in bed for a week with the flu, but passing the flu on to someone in one of these groups could have far more serious consequences. This flu season, protect yourself and the people around you by getting vaccinated."

The Oswego County Health Department is offering walk-in flu clinics at 70 Bunner St. in Oswego from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Oct. 11. No appointment will be necessary for these clinics. The cost of the flu shot is $30 and is covered by Medicaid and Medicare. People planning on attending a clinic should bring their Medicare card with them as well as any managed Medicare cards, if applicable. No one will ever be denied service because of inability to pay.

For more information about the flu vaccine, go to www.cdc.gov/flu. Those with questions may also call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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