Press Release: MORE THAN 2200 GET FLU SHOTS AT SCHOOL; Next Flu Clinic Scheduled for December 11 at PCDOH
Brewster, NY – “We’re ready” declared Commissioner of Health Allen Beals, M.D., following the completion of
the Health Department’s school-based flu initiative in all six of Putnam County’s school districts. Dr. Beals was
referring to preparing residents for the peak of influenza season which typically falls in January or February, while
illness may linger as late as May.
“Because children serve as a reservoir for the flu, spreading it to the general population, it is particularly
important that children get vaccinated,” Dr. Beals noted, praising the Superintendents of all school districts for
providing access, and especially County Executive MaryEllen Odell for her vigorous support of the program.
“Not only is it convenient for parents to have their children vaccinated at school, but it promotes their
education by decreasing potential sick days,” continued Dr. Beals.
So far this year more than 4000 vaccinations have been given countywide by the Putnam County
Department of Health (PCDOH), of which 2226 were in the schools. The school numbers represent an increase of
65%, compared to last season’s 1352 school total. During the 2012/2013 flu season, countywide the Health
Department administered almost 5000 flu vaccinations to residents—an accomplishment that has been credited with
the limited flu impact last year in Putnam, while the rest of the nation fared much worse.
The PCDOH’s next flu clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, coinciding with National Influenza
Vaccination Week, which runs from December 8 through 14. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main
health department office at 1 Geneva Road; no appointment is necessary. Anyone aged 3 years and older is eligible.
The fee, covering vaccine cost and administration, is $25. There is no fee for those with a Medicare card.
The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health is to improve and protect the health of our
community, made up of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease
surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more
information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov or visit our social media sites on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealth.