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Friday Is The Day To Get A Flu Shot

With several cases of the flu already reported in Rockland County, it is time to get a flu shot.

The Rockland County Department of Health is holding a clinic this Friday. Health department officials expect the number of flu cases to increase in the coming weeks.  

“We advise residents to get your flu vaccine – it is the first and most important step in protecting against flu,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. “It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.”

The flu vaccine clinic on Friday, December 6 will run from 1 p.m. to 3 pm at the Robert Yeager Health Center in Building D in Room 130/Nursing Conference Room at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona.  Appointments are needed and can be made by calling 845-364-2520.

The vaccine is free of charge to adults 60 years and older who should bring identification with proof of age.  Patients with Medicare and Medicaid coverage must bring their cards.

Three types of vaccines are available. Individuals between the ages of nine and 59 years old will be charged a $30 fee for the shot.  The nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu Mist, is available for those aged nine to 49 years old. Flublok, an egg-free vaccine, is approved for people from 18 to 49 years old. 

All patients must bring proof of Rockland County residency such as a driver's license or utility bill. 

The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.O lder people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.  Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year.  For more information visit https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/flu/

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