Broome County Health Department Announces Its First H1N1 Clinics for 2010

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BINGHAMTON, NY - The Broome County Health Department will begin the second round of their H1N1 vaccination campaign this week. The department will be holding a clinic at the W.A. Olmsted Elementary School in Harpursville on Thursday, January 7, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and another clinic will take place the following week on Thursday, January 14, 2010, at the Deposit Central High School from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The clinics are open to anyone 6 months of age and older. There is no charge for the vaccine.

During the initial phase of the statewide H1N1 vaccination campaign when vaccine supplies were low, vaccination was restricted to individuals considered at highest risk of complications from the flu and those at risk of transmitting the flu to vulnerable individuals. As of December 10, 2009, the restrictions were lifted and vaccine is now recommended for all New Yorkers, including senior citizens age 65 and older. 
 
Flu activity has decreased slightly in the United States but flu is unpredictable and the flu season is far from over. Flu seasons runs from October through May, with most flu activity typically occurring January through March. “We urge everyone who wants to protect themselves to get vaccinated. This is an opportune time for college students to get vaccinated before heading back to college,” says Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department. “Parents who had children vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine who are between 6 months and 9 years of age will require a second dose. Without the second dose, children who fall in this age group may not have full immunity leaving them at risk for contracting the disease.”
 
The health department plans to hold several H1N1 clinics throughout January and February. Broome County residents are urged to check the health department’s website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu for a list of upcoming clinics or to call our information line at 607.778.3331.

 

01/05/2010 - 3:01pm