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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2021
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

ADDITIONAL FLU VACCINE CLINICS AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND IN THE COMMUNITY

Getting your flu shot now can lower your chances of getting the flu!

NEW CITY, NY, - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that the Health Department has scheduled several flu (influenza virus) vaccine clinics for the 2021-2022 flu season. These clinics are for everyone 6 months and older and will be held on:

Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A (50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona 10970)

  • Friday, October 22, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Palisades Center (1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack 10994)

  • Sunday, October 24, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1st Floor in Front of H&M)
  • Sunday, November 14, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1st Floor, Kay Jewelers Court, near Best Buy)

You can also receive your flu shot at any of our scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The flu vaccine may be taken at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine. In order to receive a flu vaccine, everyone must wear a mask. To make a flu vaccine appointment visit http://rcklnd.us/flu. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered on-site; however, there may be a wait.

There is a $20 fee for those with private insurance who are 6 months through 64 years old: cash or check accepted. For those with private health insurance, we will provide you with a receipt to submit to your health insurance for possible reimbursement. To make the process quicker, please visit http://rcklnd.us/flu, fill out the top two fillable portions of the 2021-2022 FLU VACCINE FORM, and print and bring the completed form with you.

The vaccine is free of charge if you:

  • are 65 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age)
  • have Medicare or Medicaid (please bring your card)
  • are uninsured or underinsured

The Health Department is giving the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which does not contain preservatives, including thimerosal. The vaccine is called quadrivalent because it offers protection against four different flu virus strains that research shows will be most common during this flu season: two influenza (flu) A virus strains and two influenza B virus strains. It is recommended that you wait for 15 minutes after being vaccinated to be observed for any reaction.

In addition, the Health Department, along with the Rockland County Office for the Aging, and Montefiore Nyack Hospital, has coordinated the following flu vaccine clinics for ages 65 years and older only. The quadrivalent flu vaccine (not the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors) supplied by the Health Department, is offered free of charge. For more information on the following community-based clinics listed below, contact Sandra Arevalo at Montefiore Nyack Hospital (845) 348-2876.

Street Community Center (31 Zukor Road, New City 10956)

  • Tuesday, October 19, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 28, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Monday, November 1, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Knights of Columbus (Haverstraw Senior Club, 56 West Broad Street, Haverstraw 10927)

  • Monday, October 25, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Pascack Community Center (87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet 10954)

  • Monday, October 25, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 28 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Congers Community Center (8 Gilchrest Road, Congers 10920)

  • Tuesday, October 26, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 27, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Middlewood Senior Center (80 N. Middletown Road, Nanuet 10954)

  • Tuesday, October 26, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Church (128 Parrott Road, West Nyack 10994)

  • Wednesday, October 27, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, November 1, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

JCC of Rockland (450 W Nyack Road, West Nyack 10994)

  • Friday, October 29, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

"The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications. With the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant circulating, preventing a severe flu season from arriving along with the COVID-19 pandemic is even more critical. Flu season usually peaks in January or February and can last until May. Getting your flu shot offers protection through the holidays and for the rest of the flu season," said Dr. Ruppert.

In addition to getting your flu and COVID-19 shot, it is important to continue to follow the CDC's public health prevention measures, such as wearing a mask indoors, staying 6 feet away from others not within your household, washing your hands often, and staying home if sick. These measures will not only help to slow the spread of COVID-19 but also help to reduce flu infections, along with getting your flu shot.

For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine clinics, visit http://rcklnd.us/flu or call (845) 364-2534.