January 9, 2013
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Flu!
OSWEGO - Influenza is impacting all of Central New York, with many counties reporting historic numbers of flu cases already.
“Oswego County has received reports of over 700 cases of influenza since October,” reported Jiancheng Huang, Interim Public Health Director for Oswego County. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age or older, as the most important step to protecting you and your family from the flu.
“Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu,” stated Judy Lester, Supervising Public Health Nurse with the Oswego County Health Department. “This year there is so much flu out in the community that your likelihood of being exposed is increased, so it’s important to remember to take everyday preventive actions in addition to getting a flu shot to protect yourself and others from getting sick.”
Those preventive actions include:
“Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing and sneezing,” said Diane Oldenburg, Senior Public Health Educator with the Oswego County Health Department. “Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses, including the flu,” Oldenburg added.
The Oswego County Health Department still has flu vaccine available. Adults looking for a flu shot can come to the Oswego County Health Department Office located at 70 Bunner Street in Oswego, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. to receive a flu shot. 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 on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m.
The cost of a flu shot is $37 and is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Those attending should bring their insurance cards with them.
For more information on flu vaccine or steps to prevent the flu, contact the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.
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