October 6, 2014
The Oswego County Health Departmentwill offer influenza clinics for adults age 19 and older weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 6, at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.
Children's flu vaccine is available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Clinic in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski. Adults seeking flu or pneumonia vaccine may also attend the Pulaski clinic on the third Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m., starting Oct. 21.
"The flu season usually starts in October and sometimes lasts until April," said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. "This is the perfect time to get vaccinated against influenza. While the timing of the flu season and its severity are unpredictable, flu is certain to be present in our communityduring the next several months. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious respiratory disease is to get a flu vaccine."
Each year, on average, 36,000 Americans die of complications from the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. The flu shot is recommended for children age six months and older, and all adults.
"Even healthy people can get influenza, or the flu," said Judy Lester, RN, Director of Patient Services for the Oswego County Health Department. "Influenza is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body, and it can spread quickly from one person to another."
The cost of the influenza vaccination is $37. Pneumonia vaccine is also available at the flu clinics at a cost of $103. Both vaccines are covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. There are two flu vaccines available for children. The children's flu shot is $37 and the flu-mist (nasal vaccine) is $43. Please bring shot records for children with you to the immunization clinics.
The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. The health department is able to bill the following insurance companies: POMCO (for Oswego County employees), Fidelis, Excellus/BC, United Health Care, Medicare and Medicaid. For those covered by other insurance providers, the cost will be $37 for the injectable flu vaccine, $43 for the nasal flu vaccine, and $103 for adult pneumonia vaccine. The health department will provide a receipt that may be submitted to an insurance provider for possible reimbursement. For those who are uninsured, the county health department may be able to provide the vaccine at a reduced rate. All patients should bring their insurancebenefit cards with them to the immunization clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
For more information about flu vaccinations, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.
Additional information about influenza is available at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/
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