Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
September 16, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512
OLDER ADULTS: GET THE IMMUNIZATIONS YOU NEED!
Vaccines are not just for children
NEW CITY, NY - - September is Healthy Aging Month. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage older residents to check with your doctor to make sure you have all the recommended immunizations (shots, vaccines) you need.
"Immunizations are NOT just for children - getting your needed shots on a timely basis is important for everyone, from infants to older adults, to help prevent many diseases that could result in serious health problems. It is especially important for adults with chronic conditions as they are more likely to develop complications," said Dr. Ruppert.
Vaccines recommended for older adults can prevent illnesses such as influenza (flu), shingles (herpes zoster), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and pneumococcal disease (pneumonia). You may need one or more vaccines, even if you received vaccines as a child or as a younger adult. The specific vaccines recommended for adults may depend on factors such as age, health conditions, lifestyle, and risk factors. Ask your doctor which ones are right for you.
The Health Department's Adult Immunization Clinic offers immunizations to prevent a variety of illnesses, including hepatitis A & B, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and pneumococcal disease (pneumonia). To make an appointment, or for more information, call 845-364-2520.
In preparation for the 2016-2017 flu season, the Health Department will hold Flu Vaccine Clinics from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on the following Fridays: September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28, at the Robert Yeager Health Center, Building A, second floor rotunda clinic area, located on Sanatorium Road in Pomona; no appointments are needed. For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine clinics visit http://bit.ly/2c154Bj or call (845) 364 - 2520.