Health Department Schedules Flu Vaccine Clinics

HEALTH DEPT PRESS RELEASE

The Rockland County Department of Health announces that its first flu vaccine clinics of the season will be held on Friday, September 19 and Friday September 26, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A Exhibition Hall, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona.

The flu vaccine is free of charge to adults 65 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 64 years of age can receive the vaccine, but will be charged a $30 fee. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

“Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.

Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year, the Health Dept. suggests.

The Health Dept. will be giving the preservative free, inactivated Quadrivalent flu vaccine. The vaccine cannot cause flu illness, because the vaccine viruses used to make it are inactivated (killed). The vaccine offers protection against four different flu viruses that research shows will be most common during the flu season: two influenza (flu) A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

As the Health Department receives more shipments of the vaccine, additional flu vaccine clinics will be scheduled. For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine clinics visit https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/flu/ or call 845-364 – 2520.