Pomona, NY – The Rockland County Department of Health’s flu vaccine clinic scheduled for this Friday, October 25 will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Robert Yeager Health Center, Building D, Room 130 (Nursing Conference Room), located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. Please note that this change from the usual location.
Additional flu vaccine clinics are scheduled for the following Fridays: November 1, 8, and 15. These flu vaccine clinics will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Building A Exhibition Hall at the Robert Yeager Health Center.
The vaccine is free of charge to adults 60 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age). No appointments are needed. Patients with Medicare and Medicaid must bring their cards. Those 9 through 59 years of age can receive the vaccine, but will be charged a $30 fee. The nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu Mist, is available for those ages 9 – 49. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill.
This year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of quadrivalent (four-virus) flu vaccines, which offer protection against the four different influenza (flu) viruses that research shows will be most common during the season: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Both the Flu Mist, and the injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) that the Health Department is giving are quadrivalent. In the past, the standard flu vaccine has been trivalent (three-virus), which means the vaccine protects against three different influenza viruses: two A viruses and one B virus. The quadrivalent vaccine may provide people with a broader protection against the influenza B viruses.
The flu is not just a really bad cold! It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Anyone can get sick from the flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year.
For more information visit https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/flu/ or call 845-364 –2520.