National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 5-11, 2010

Nat'l Influenza Vaccination Week 2010

Flu Activity is Picking Up
Protect Yourself and Others—Get Vaccinated

BINGHAMTON, NY - National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5-11, 2010. Now is the time to get your flu (influenza) vaccination if you haven’t got one already. The Broome County Health Department is offering vaccinations at no cost for children aged 3 to 18 years. The cost for adults 19 and up is $20, and there is no out-of-pocket fee for people ages 65 and up who subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today’s Options, and CDPHP Medicare. In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, clinics will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

2 December 2010
Susquehanna Valley Central School District
Richard T. Stank Middle School
1040 Conklin Road
Conklin, New York
6 December 2010
Union Endicott Central School District
District Office
1100 East Main Street
Endicott, New York
9 December 2010
Johnson City Central School District
Johnson City Intermediate School
601 Columbia Drive
Johnson City, New York
16 December 2010
Windsor Central School District
Windsor Central Middle School
213 Main Street
Windsor, New York
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity in the United States remains low but the percentage of viruses testing positive for influenza nationally continues to increase. This is an early signal that flu is picking up. Protect yourself and others from getting the flu by getting vaccinated. 
“If you are a person that is always looking for a deal, this is the deal of the season. You can get your children and yourself vaccinated for a total of $20,” said Sue Blythe, Immunization Nurse for the Broome County Health Department. Getting a flu vaccination each year is your best protection from getting the flu and staying healthy. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you should still get one this year. Flu viruses are constantly changing, and because of that, the flu vaccine is updated each year. That’s why it is necessary to get vaccinated every flu season. Also, protection from vaccination can wear off from one season to the next. Previous flu vaccines will not protect you from getting the flu this season.
The flu is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. While pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications, even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. In fact, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.
Some people may feel they do not need a flu vaccination and that they can protect themselves from getting the flu by washing their hands, eating a healthful diet, and exercising. These are all positive behaviors that are important in protecting one’s health and should always be practiced in addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine each year.
Parents with children under the age of three who would like to have their child immunized for the flu can call the Broome County Health Department to make an appointment at 607.778.2839.
Protect yourself, protect others from getting the flu this season--get immunized.
For more information on National Influenza Vaccination Week, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at For more information regarding influenza visit the Broome County Health Department’s website at


12/01/2010 - 11:16am