Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Ulster County's Public Health Director, announced the Department of Health will hold its annual flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics at several locations throughout the county beginning on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. No appointments are necessary, and county residents may attend any site which is convenient.
County residents who are at greatest risk for influenza-related illnesses are encouraged to receive the flu vaccination. This high-risk group includes those over the age of 50, as well as adults aged 18 and over who have heart disease, chronic broncho-pulmonary disease, renal disease, diabetes mellitus, other chronic metabolic disorders, severe anemia and/or compromised immune function, and others who are at risk of influenza-related conditions. Flu vaccine is also recommended for home care providers and others (including household members) who may be in close contact with high-risk individuals.
Senior citizens who have Medicare Part B benefits will be able to obtain their vaccinations through Medicare. The recipient must be entitled to Part B coverage on the date of service, Medicare Part B must be the primary insurance coverage, and the Medicare Card must be presented on the date of service.
For those NOT eligible for Medicare part B coverage:
Influenza Vaccination: $20.00 charge
Pneumococcal Vaccination: $35.00 charge
(NO fee increase from the 2009 rates)
County residents enrolled in Medicare Managed Care programs should consult with their primary care physician prior to visiting one of the Department of Health's sites.
Influenza, commonly known as the "flu," is a highly contagious disease. Its symptoms include fever chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose and body aches. While most people fully recover from the flu in two to seven days, older adults are particularly vulnerable to dangerous complications, such as pheumonia, that may develop after infection with the flu.
Flu vaccine is composed of killed influenza virus, so those who receive the immunization cannot get influenza from the vaccine. This vaccine contains the "novel H1N1" or "swine flu" virus that caused the influenza pandemic of 2009. Individuals who were immunized last year are NOT protected against this year's type, and should receive the new vaccine.
For More Information:
Call the Ulster County Health Department Flu Hotline at 340-3093