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February 24, 2016

It’s not too Late to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

OSWEGO – Flu activity is picking up in Oswego County, the Oswego County Health Department reported today. If you or your loved ones have not received a flu vaccine yet, get vaccinated today.

“Flu activity is unpredictable, however, cases of flu are widespread across New York State and we are seeing an increase in cases reported in Oswego County this week,” said Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse with the Oswego County Health Department. "Getting a flu shot now can still protect you from illness this season, even though the season has already started," added Martin.

“The vaccine is especially important for people aged 65 and up, who are more likely to develop complications such as pneumonia and death," said Diane Oldenburg, Senior Public Health Educator with the Oswego County Health Department.

Those experiencing flu like symptoms should contact their healthcare providers to discuss the need for antiviral medications. This is particularly important for those at high risk for complications from the flu, including children younger than age two and adults 65 years of age and older; those with chronic health conditions like asthma, cardiovascular disease, or renal disease; those who are immune compromised, have neurologic disorders, diabetes, or cerebral palsy; women who are pregnant, and those who are morbidly obese (BMI of 40 or greater).

The best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. The flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Health care professionals recommend that everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu every year.

People can help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses by following every day health habits:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Stay away from people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • The Oswego County Health Department is offering flu shots on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at their office located at 70 Bunner St., Oswego. In addition, flu shots are available on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pulaski Office located in the Pulaski Courthouse on Jefferson Street.

    The cost of the vaccine is $37. Medicare and Medicaid cover the cost of the vaccine. Those with private insurance should bring their insurance cards with them.

    Protect yourself from the flu and get vaccinated today if you haven't already–it's not too late! For more information about the flu or getting a flu shot contact the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547.


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