The flu vaccine is free of charge to adults 65 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age). No appointments are needed. Patients with Medicare and Medicaid must bring their cards. Those 9 through 64 years of age can receive the vaccine, but will be charged a $30 fee. Each patient must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver's license or utility bill.
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. Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu virus. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That's why it's better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way. The protection you get from the flu vaccine will last throughout the flu season.
The Health Department will be giving the preservative free, inactivated Quadrivalent flu vaccine. The vaccine cannot cause flu illness, because the vaccine viruses used to make it are inactivated (killed). The vaccine 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.
As the Health Department receives more shipments of the vaccine, additional flu vaccine clinics will be scheduled. For more information check back here or call (845) 364 –2520.
For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine visit these websites:
To download or order educational posters and brochures (in multiple languages) visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/educational_materials.htm