www.co.hunterdon.nj.us | Department of Health | 2011 Public Information & Notices
Dated 09/22/2011

PRESS RELEASE: September 22, 2011
Hunterdon County Department of Health
PO Box 2900
Flemington, New Jersey 08822
For more information contact Carl Rachel, Public/Media Relations & Strategic Communications

 

2011 INFLUENZA VACCINE

Although the Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders decided that the county health department will not host flu clinics this year based on availability of flu shots at private physician offices and many local pharmacies and businesses, this should not be construed to mean there is less need to get a flu shot. Influenza remains a significant public health threat. Flu season runs from October–April, peaking most often during January–February. Vaccination is recommended for those 6 months of age and older.  Parents of infants, children and young adults, should consult their healthcare provider.  Individuals 18 years of age and older should contact their personal physician about getting a flu shot or check for flu vaccination offerings at pharmacies and businesses.

Health Programs With Vaccine Availability Assisting Those in Financial Need:

  1. Use hospital care payment assistance (Charity Care) through Hunterdon Medical Center:
    The New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program (Charity Care Assistance) is free or reduced charge care which is provided to patients who receive inpatient and outpatient services at acute care hospitals throughout the State of New Jersey.

    Website: http://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/patients.asp#billing
    Phone: 908-788-6197 (call for more information)


  2. Receive help from NJ Family Cares
    NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage.

    Website:
    http://www.njfamilycare.org/  
    Phone: 1-800-701-0710

  3. Obtain Information from the Vaccine for Children Program
    Introduced in 1994 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey VFC is a federally funded, state-operated vaccine supply program that provides pediatric vaccines at no cost to doctors who serve children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Physicians may charge office visit and administration fees based on a government fee schedule. There are over 1,000 medical offices enrolled in the New Jersey VFC program and the majority are private providers.

    P.O. Box 369 Trenton, NJ 08625
    Phone: (609) 826-4862
    Fax: (609) 826-4868

  4. Use Federally Qualified Health Centers/Centers for Primary Health Care (FQHCs/CPHCs) Offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. You don’t need health insurance to get care at a center. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. If you’re uninsured, your bill will be based on your ability to pay. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
         
    Website:  http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/cphc/index.shtml

  5. For more information regarding influenza clinics & requirements in other counties please see the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services website:  http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/flu/fluschedules.aspx

 

 

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www.co.hunterdon.nj.us | Department of Health | 2011 Public Information & Notices