December 17, 2012
As Flu Activity Increases, Oswego County Health Department Urges Residents to Stay Home When Sick, Follow Other Preventive Measures
OSWEGO - With cases of flu increasing, the Oswego County Health Department is urging residents to stay home if they are sick and follow other preventive measures to limit the spread of the flu.
"Flu activity is currently widespread and increasing across New York State," said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. Huang noted that flu has come early to Oswego County, with this number of cases not typically seen until February.
"While vaccine offers the greatest protection from the flu, there are important measures Oswego County residents can take to reduce their chances of getting and spreading the flu," said Judy Lester, RN, Supervising Public Health Nurse with Oswego County.
Lester urges all residents to take the following measures:
"With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, it is important to follow these important measures to protect our loved ones." reminded Diane Oldenburg, Senior Public Health Educator with the Oswego County Health Department.
Adults can receive a flu shot at the Oswego County Health Department Office, 70 Bunner St. in Oswego, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Parents are asked to bring children for any shots on Tuesday afternoons, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Flu shots are available in Pulaski, for adults and children, at the Pulaski Courthouse the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The flu shot costs $37 and is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Those attending should bring their insurance cards with them.
Residents with questions about flu vaccine may also call the Health Department at 349-3547.
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