Flu cases peak here in Central New York between December and March, so the push is on to get more people vaccinated. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to give the most protection.
A shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse for Prevention Services at the Oswego County Health Department, tells us It's especially important for under 2s, 65+ (who get a more high-powered vaccine) and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Pregnant women who are vaccinated also pass along that protection to their unborn babies.
Immunizations are covered by Medicare and most health insurance, and most agencies have ways of covering people who need financial help.
In Oswego County, shots are given in Oswego at the Health Clinic at 70 Bunner Street, weekdays 9-11am or 1-3pm, walk-ins welcome. In Pulaski, it's by appointment only the 3rd Tuesday of each month (Dec 18) at the H Douglas Barclay Courthouse. Information/appointments: (315) 349-3547.
Onondaga County has free flu shots for the general public on Wednesday, December 12th 10-5 at the Oncenter Christmas bureau signup, 10am - 5pm, as well as thru regular Health Dept flu clinics.
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