PRESS RELEASE: September 27, 2011
FLU SHOTS IN HUNTERDON
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,” caution John Beckley, health officer and director of the county health department. “Flu season typically runs from October through April. We see it peak most often during January and 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.
For those over the age of 65 who meet eligibility requirements, flu shot providers may be able to offer a high-dose formulation.
Getting a flu shot is a safe and effective step in protecting yourself; but it also helps your community to avoid widespread illness and remain productive throughout the season. For example, school-age children who get a flu shot have the greatest degree of protection from getting the illness. They can continue going to school and enable their parents and caregivers to meet their employment obligations.
Getting a flu shot means doing your part to build “community immunity.” Other steps to help stop the spread of flu include frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve (not your hand), and staying home when sick.