November 17, 2014
OSWEGO - Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds residents that the health department offers influenza shots for adults age 19 and older weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.
"More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for influenza each year, and approximately 36,000 Americans die of complications from it," said Judy Lester, RN, Director of Patient Services for the Oswego County Health Department. "Even healthy people can get influenza. It 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 flu shot is recommended for children age six months and older, and all adults.
Huang said that while Ebola disease has received much attention over the past several weeks, it is important to remember that people are at much higher risk of getting sick from the flu virus.
"The flu is much more contagious than Ebola, since the flu is airborne," said Huang."The flu has been confirmed in Oswego County andit will stay in our community during 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."
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.
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/disease
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