OSWEGO – Don’t let the flu catch you by surprise this season.
Be prepared and get vaccinated today.
“As we head into the busy holiday season, make sure you add getting a flu shot to the top of your list,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Flu activity is unpredictable but often peaks in January or February. Cases of flu have been reported in Oswego County and across New York State already.”
Although there are many different flu viruses, the yearly flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common during the flu season.
“The best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu vaccine every flu season,” said Huang.
The flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death.
Every person 6 months of age and older is recommended to get vaccinated against the flu every year.
Flu vaccines are offered in many doctors’ offices, clinics, grocery stores, pharmacies, and local health departments, so access is easy and convenient.
The Oswego County Health Department offers flu shots on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at their office at 70 Bunner Street in Oswego.
Flu shots are also available on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the health department’s Pulaski office in the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse on Jefferson Street.
Parents are asked to bring children 18 years of age and younger to the regularly scheduled immunization clinic on Tuesday afternoons in Oswego or to the Pulaski location on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
The cost of the vaccine is $37 and it is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Those with private insurance should bring their insurance cards with them.
“You and your family can still benefit from a flu vaccine,” added Huang. “Make a commitment to your health and to your family’s health by getting your flu vaccine today. It’s not too late!”
For more information about the flu or flu shots contact the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547.