Pomona, NY – The Rockland County Department of Health advises residents that flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
“There already have been a few cases of the flu reported in Rockland County. We advise residents to get your flu vaccine – it is the first and most important step in protecting against flu. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.
The Rockland County Department of Health is holding a flu vaccine clinic on Friday, December 6, from 1– 3 p.m. at the Robert Yeager Health Center, Building D, Room 130 (Nursing Conference Room), located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. Appointments are needed – please call 845-364-2520.
The vaccine is free of charge to adults 60 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age). 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. In addition, Flublok, an egg-free vaccine is available and approved for those 18 – 49 years. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill. As the Department of Health receives more shipments of the vaccine, additional flu vaccine clinics will be scheduled.
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.