The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has announced three fall dates for its adult influenza (flu) clinics and will offer school-based clinics in all Putnam County school districts for students and staff this upcoming flu season.
“Immunization is important from infancy,” says Allen Beals, M.D., commissioner of health. “Many childhood illnesses that once posed serious risks have been eliminated through vaccination, and children as young as six months should get a flu vaccine,” Dr. Beals said.
“Since the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide its full protective effect,” explains Dr. Beals, “we recommend getting it in early September or October.”
The PCDOH flu clinic dates are: Monday, Sept. 16, at the Carmel Fire Department, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Garrison Fire Department, and Monday, Oct. 21, at Carmel Fire Department. Clinic hours for each location are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Dates and times may be subject to change. Check the PCDOH website or check the “Flu Hotline” at 845-808-1390, option 1, for updates. Cost is $25 (60 and older or with Medicare Card – free). Appointments are not necessary.
Please bring proof of residency (driver’s license). Pneumonia vaccine is free for those over age 65. For residents under age 65 with certain medical conditions, a $75 fee will be charged. The Putnam County Department of Health will also be offering High Dose Flu Vaccine for seniors age 65 and older.
For information about school-based clinics, parents should check the school calendar or contact their school nurse. Flu vaccine will be offered by the Putnam County Department of Health in all school districts this fall for students and staff.
In order to move people more quickly through the clinic, required vaccine consent forms will be available at putnamcountyny.gov. Download forms, complete, and bring them with you to the clinic. Forms will also be available at the clinic. For a complete list of required immunizations, visit: cdc.gov/vaccines.