Most cases seen December through February
The Putnam County Department of Health will offer a “last-chance” flu clinic from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at its offices at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. In the U.S., flu activity is usually highest between December and February, although cases may linger as late as May.
No appointment is necessary, and any Putnam County resident age 3 and older is eligible. The fee is $25, although there is no fee for those over age 65 or with a Medicare card. High-dose flu vaccine is available for individuals age 65 and older; studies have shown it appears more effective in fighting flu in seniors.
So far this year the county health department has given more than 3,700 flu vaccinations, including 2,432 administered in schools. If you have not yet received a vaccine, health officials say it is important to do so as soon as possible because it takes about two weeks for the immune system to build the antibodies needed to provide protection.