Oswego County Health Department Flu Clinics Begin Sept. 26

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department will offer influenza clinics for adults age 19 and older weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 26 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Clinic in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only, at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

Adults seeking flu or pneumonia vaccine may also make an appointment for the Pulaski clinic, held on the third Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m., starting Oct. 18.

“The flu season usually starts in October and sometimes lasts until April,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. “Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated against influenza. While the timing of the flu season and its severity are unpredictable, flu is certain to be present in our community during the next several months. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious respiratory disease is to get a flu vaccine.”

Each year, on average, 36,000 Americans die of complications from the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized.

The flu shot is recommended for children age six months and older, and all adults.

“Even healthy people can get influenza, or the flu,” said Judy Lester, director of patient services for the Oswego County Health Department. “Influenza is a contagious illness that can spread quickly from one person to another.”

The cost of the influenza vaccination is $41 for both adults and children and $61 for anyone over 65 years of age requesting the high dose flu vaccine.

Pneumonia vaccine is also available for adults at the flu clinics.

The cost of Pneumococcal 23 is $98, and the cost of Prevnar 13 is $180.

Both vaccines are covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B.

Please bring shot records for children to the immunization clinics.

The nasal flu mist is not available this year.

The health department only accepts cash or checks for payment.

The health department is able to bill the following insurance companies: POMCO, Empire, Fidelis, Excellus/BCBS, United Health Care, Medicare and Medicaid.

For those covered by other insurance providers, the cost will be $41 for the injectable flu vaccine.

The health department will provide a receipt that may be submitted to an insurance provider for possible reimbursement.

For those who are uninsured, the county health department may be able to provide the vaccine at a reduced rate.

All patients should bring their insurance benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

For more information about flu vaccinations, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Additional information about influenza is available at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/