If you are looking to stear clear of a high fever, headaches, muscle pain, cough, or nasal congestion this season, your local municipalities will help you on your way to health by offering Flu and Pneumonia clinics throughout October.
The East Windsor Township Health Department will conduct free seasonal flu clinics for East Windsor and Hightstown residents over the age of 60. The pneumonia vaccine will also be offered free to residents over 65.
The East Windsor flu shot clinics will be held on October 3, October 10, and October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Windsor Township Senior Center.
“East Windsor Township is pleased to provide these important free flu clinics to the senior citizens of our community,” East Windsor Township Mayor Janice Mironov said. “I would like to encourage all seniors to take advantage of this valuable preventative East Windsor Health Department program."
The East Windsor Township Health Department encourages individuals, particularly those at risk, to continue to receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
Vaccinations are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the East Windsor Township Health Department at 443-4000, ext. 222. Anyone in need of transportation should call the East Windsor Township Senior Center at 371-7192.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will hold its 2012-2013 Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Program throughout the county, including in Cranbury at the Cranbury Methodist Church on October 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Now through Oct. 30, 17 seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal (pneumonia) clinics are scheduled in the communities served by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, according to County Health Services Director-Health Officer Lester Jones.
Influenza vaccination clinics will be open to Middlesex County residents age 6 months and older, no appointment is necessary. Influenza vaccinations will cost $15 each. Residents who present a valid Red, White, and Blue Medicare card will not be charged; Medicare will be billed.
Pneumococcal vaccination clinics will be available by appointment only to residents age 65 and older who have never received the pneumococcal vaccination. Pneumococcal vaccinations will cost $20 each. Residents who present a valid Red, White, and Blue Medicare card will not be charged; Medicare will be billed. Pneumococcal vaccination appointments can be made by calling 732-745-3100 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All fees will be accepted in cash only. Exact change is strongly advised. No bill larger than $20 will be accepted. Clients who do not have their valid Medicare card must pay the vaccination fee, or they can bring their card to a future Middlesex County Office of Public Health clinic to receive services. Receipts will be provided at the time of service.
You can also help reduce the spread of flu if you:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean your hands often. (Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers in your purse, car and backpack, when soap and water is not available.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw away your used tissue.
- Get regular exercise, enough rest, and eat healthy, balanced meals.
For additional information please call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services at 732-745-3100 or visit our website at http://co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp to view the 2012-2013 schedule.