HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
~ HUNTERDON HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU CLINIC CHANGES DATE ~
The Hunterdon County Department of Health today announced that the seasonal flu clinic originally scheduled for October 29 from 5-8 p.m. at Voorhees High School is being postponed until Friday, November 13. The time and place remain the same. The clinic is open to anyone 5 years of age and older.
“We were informed by Maxim Healthcare Services that they will not have seasonal flu vaccine until after our originally planned clinic date on October 29,” reported John Beckley, health officer and director of the county health department. “We encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shot. Clearly, November 13 is not too late to get the flu vaccination. With the coming holidays, it will afford you the added protection you need to reduce your risks.”
Who should get a flu shot? The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends getting vaccinated if you are in one of these priority groups:
“We have a significant public health challenge this year,” said Beckley. “In just the regular influenza season, there are more than 36,000 deaths nationwide. Add to that the complicating factors of a worldwide pandemic of an entirely different flu strain and it isn’t hard for most people to grasp the potential impact these simultaneous, contagious diseases can have. The November 13 clinic makes it possible for residents to get protection against the ‘regular’ seasonal flu. But I want to remind everyone that this seasonal flu shot won’t protect you against the H1N1 swine flu. That requires a separate vaccine. We will announce clinics for H1N1 swine flu shots as soon as vaccine supplies are received.”
Beckley also stressed the need for proper personal behavior to help lessen the spread of flu. "We are asking everyone to take seriously the advice to cover your coughs with your arm or a tissue, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, and keep a distance from others who are sick. These steps will make a difference in protecting your health and making the community a healthier place."
As in previous years, the health department advises residents to visit the health department website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm for updates about both the seasonal and H1N1 influenza.