New Recommendations on Flu from CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

New Recommendations on Flu from CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Greene County residents are advised to prepare for the upcoming Flu season through early immunization.

While current U.S. flu activity is low, some flu viruses circulate during the summer and influenza activity often begins increasing in October.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season.

CDC also recommends that patients suspected of having influenza who are at high risk of flu complications or who are very sick with flu-like illness should receive prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs without waiting for confirmatory testing.

Greene County Public Health Department announces the dates for this year’s Flu clinics for adults over age 18:

September 26 – Rivertown Senior Center, Athens
September 27 – Acra Senior Center, Acra
September 28 – Coxsackie Senior Center, Coxsackie
September 29 – Jewett Senior Center, Jewett
September 30 – Washington Irving Senior Center, Catskill

Clinic hours are 9:30-11:30.

The cost of the Flu vaccine is $45.00 and the Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23) is $107.00.
We will also be offering Prevnar 13 for $185.00.

Greene County Public Health accepts the following insurances:

  • (non-managed) Medicare,
  • Senior Blue, Blue Shield of NENY,
  • Empire Plan (NYSHIP), CDPHP, and;
  • Medicaid HMO’s: CDPHP/Fidelis.

For more information contact the Greene County Health Department at 518-719-3600.

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