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Ready for Flu Season? County Health Department is Here to Help

Flu shots will be available at 44 sites over the course of 42 days; 10,000 doses expected to be distributed

The Ocean County Health Department is ready to help residents prepare themselves for flu season, the Ocean County Board of Freeholders announced Wednesday.

The county has earmarked $100,000 for its annual flu shot program, Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said, and expects to provide 10,000 immunizations.

"The numbers are down as a result of (stores such as) CVS and others offering flu shots," Little said, but the county's program remains the largest in New Jersey.

Immunizations against the flu and pneumonia will be available at 44 sites throughout the county, with nearly half of those sites at or near senior communities, according to the schedule on the health department's website, www.ochd.org. The first date is Monday, Sept. 17, in the health department's auditorium.

Flu and pneumonia immunizations are $20 for everyone except those with non-HMO Medicare Part B coverage and are available in three options for those who are not allergic to eggs: a standard shot, the most common given, for those 6 months old or older; an intradermal shot, specifically for those 18-64, and a "high dose" immunization designed for those 65 and older, who are considered among those at the highest risk for severe complications if they get the flu.

For more information or specific dates, visit the county Health Department's website.

Poindexter McSmash September 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I noticed that every time they give out shots, a flu virus seems to come around right after. Is this good timing? Or do they inadvertently cause it out of fear. Look up and see how many people get the flu from the shot itself... ~ Have a nice day! ~
Ryan Hardy September 06, 2012 at 09:19 PM
DONT GET VACCINATED! The vaccines are toxic and filled with immune weakening chemicals
Kelly Greene September 07, 2012 at 02:35 AM
YOU CANNOT GET THE FLU FROM THE VACCINE. It isuses a dead virus, unlike some other vaccines. Why can't people grasp that simple fact. There are other side effects it can cause, but it cannot cause flue!

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