Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert has announced the latest round of flu vaccine clinics, scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2015 and Friday, December 4, 2015 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building D, 1st Floor, Nurses’ Conference Room, Room 130, 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. There is a $30 fee for those nine through 64 years old. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill.
Appointments are needed. Call 845-364-2520 to make an appointment.
The Health Department will be giving the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which does not contain the preservative thimerosal. The vaccine is called quadrivalent because it 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.
Health authorities urge that everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. “Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications,” said Dr. Ruppert.
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 rocklandgov.com/health or call 845-364 – 2520.