Flu activity in New York State is now considered to be widespread. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking in February. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine - it's the first and most important step in protecting against the flu and its complications. 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.
There are no Rockland County Department of Health flu vaccine clinics scheduled at this time, however you can call the Health Department at (845) 364-2520 to make an appointment to get your flu vaccine.
The Health Department is offering 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.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. 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