Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
December 1, 2015
Contact: Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645
Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512
SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER, NOT THE FLU, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Best way to prevent the flu, and its complications, is by getting the flu vaccine each year
NEW CITY, NY - - While you are busy preparing for the holidays, take time to get yourself and your family an important gift of health: the flu vaccine. During National Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Week, December 6 - 12, 2015, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that the best way to prevent the flu, and its complications, is by getting the flu vaccine each year.
Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February, and can continue to occur as late as May. The flu vaccine offers protection for you through the holidays, and for the rest of the flu season. "Anyone who hasn't gotten a flu vaccine yet should do so now. It takes about two weeks after getting the flu vaccine for your body to build the antibodies (infection fighting cells) it needs to protect from the flu, just in time for your holiday get-togethers with family and friends. Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu," said Dr. Ruppert.
The Health Department has scheduled a flu vaccine clinic on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building D, 1st Floor, Nurses' Conference Room, Room 130, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. The Health Department is 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. 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 9 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. Please call (845) 364-2520 to make an appointment.
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.
Besides getting your flu vaccine, follow these good health habits to help prevent getting and spreading the flu: avoid close contact with people who are sick; stay home when you are sick; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; wash your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; and practice other good health habits, such as get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
For more information visit rocklandgov.com/health or call (845) 364 - 2520.