Health Department Schedules Flu Vaccine Clinics for Dec. 5 and 12

Pomona, NY – The Rockland County Department of Health will hold flu vaccine clinics on Friday, December 5 and Friday, December 12, 2014 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). Patients with Medicare and Medicaid must bring their cards. Those nine through 64 years of age can receive the vaccine, for a $30 fee. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

No appointments are needed, but residents can choose to pre-register and fill out their paperwork online at http://www.health.ny.gov/go2clinic.

The Health Department will be giving the preservative free, quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against the four different flu viruses that research shows will be most common during this flu season: two influenza (flu) A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu Mist, which is also quadrivalent, is available for those ages 9 – 49.

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year.

“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.

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.