The Ulster County Health Department will hold its annual influenza and pneumonia vaccination clinics at several locations throughout the county, beginning on October 29th, 2003. No appointments are necessary, and county residents may attend any site which is convenient. Senior citizens who have Medicare Part B benefits will be able to obtain their vaccinations throgh 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 there will be a $15.00 charge for influenza vaccination and a $20.00 charge for pneumococcal vaccination, payable at the clinic. County residents enrolled in Medicare Managed Care programs should consult with their primary care physician prior to presenting at one of the Health Department'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 pneumonia, that may develop after infection with the flu.
Influenza vaccine is composed of killed influenza virus, so those who receive the immunization cannot get influenza from the vaccine. The 2003-2004 vaccine which will be administered contains A/New Caledonia, A/Panama, B/Hong Kong like antigens. As recommended by the Public Health Service. Persons who were immunized last year are NOT protected against this year's type.
For recorded information about dates, and times please call the Ulster County Health Department flu hot line at
340-3093 or at our web site at www.co.ulster.ny.us/health.
The Town of Ulster is scheduled for 11/14/03 at 10:30AM - 12:30 PM at Town Hall Lower Level Meeting Room