“Last Chance” Public Flu Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for December 10 at the Putnam County Department of Health

“Last Chance” Public Flu Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for December 10 at the Putnam County Department of Health

Brewster, NY – The influenza season is upon us with flu activity being reported sporadically across the nation. In the United States, flu activity is usually highest between December and February, but cases may linger as late as May. With flu activity starting to increase and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is hosting its final public flu vaccination clinic Thursday, December 10, coinciding with National Influenza Vaccination Week, observed December 6 through December 12. The clinic hours will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the main health department office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. No appointments are necessary. Any Putnam County resident age three years and older is eligible to receive flu vaccine at this clinic. The fee, covering vaccine cost and administration, is $25. There is no fee for those over age 65 or with a Medicare card. High- dose flu vaccine will be available for individuals age 65 and older, which studies have shown appears more effective in fighting flu in seniors.

So far this year more than 3700 flu vaccinations have been given by the PCDOH; 2432 of these were administered in the schools. If you have not yet received your flu shot, it is important to do so as soon as possible since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to build the antibodies your body needs in order to provide protection against the flu.

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, emergency preparedness, 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 , www.facebook.com/RunWalkPutnam, www.instagram.com/PutnamHealthNY , and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.