The flu is here now in Rockland County. It is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
A flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza (flu). While this year's vaccine is not well matched against one of the types of flu viruses (H3N2) circulating this season, it still provides protection against several of the flu viruses that are spreading this year, and it may reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death if people do become infected.
There are no Health Department flu vaccine clinics scheduled at this time, but you can call the Health Department at 845-364-2520 for an appointment to get your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is free of charge to adults 65 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age). Patients with Medicare and Medicaid must bring their cards. Those 9 through 64 years of age can receive the vaccine, for a $30 fee. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver's license or utility bill.
You can also check with your doctor or visit www.flu.gov to find flu vaccine in our area.
Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year.
For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine visit these websites:
To download or order educational posters and brochures (in multiple languages) visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/educational_materials.htm