OSWEGO Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Oswego County Health Department will hold its last seasonal flu clinics on Thursday, January 21 and Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic on Bunner Street in Oswego. Anyone interested in receiving the seasonal flu vaccine must schedule an appointment by going to https://www.onflu.net/oswego/ or by calling the health department at 349-3547.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The flu is serious,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It can be particularly dangerous for certain people at high risk, including those aged 65 years and older; those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease; and pregnant women and young children. An otherwise healthy person may be sick in bed for a week with the flu, but passing the flu on to someone in one of these groups could have far more serious consequences.Ã¢â‚¬Â
People can protect themselves and those around them by getting vaccinated. Flu shots are available to anyone three years of age or older and reduce your chances of getting the virus by 70 to 90 percent.
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that contains three seasonal influenza viruses and does not include the H1N1 virus. People who want the H1N1 vaccination must receive a separate shot.
For more information about the seasonal flu vaccine, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm.