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Influenza Immunizations for Springfield Residents

By on Sep 11 2013.
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Sarah Bailey Civic Center

Sarah Bailey Civic Center

Seasonal influenza (FLU) immunizations will be administered to Springfield residents aged 18 and older on Monday, September 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sarah Bailey Center, 30 Church Mall, Springfield. An additional “seniors only” immunization clinic will be at the Sarah Bailey Center on Thursday, September 19 from noon to 1:00 p.m. after the Senior meeting that morning. No appointments are necessary for any of the clinics. The immunizations are free to seniors with a Medicare Part B card; there will be a $10.00 charge for all others. All are reminded to wear short sleeves if possible when they come for their flu shot. The immunizations are provided by the Springfield Township Board of Health and the Madison Health Department.

Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone over the age of 6 months. The CDC states: “Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months. Everyone should get the 2013-2014 seasonal influenza vaccine.” Most people are ill with flu for only a few days, but some get much sicker and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza causes an average of 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S., mostly among the elderly.

The 2013-14 flu vaccine offers protection against A/California(H1N1), A/H3N2/Victoria and B/Massachusetts, the expected strains of seasonal flu. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot and protection may last for up to one year.

Since most influenza occurs from November through May, now is the best time to get a flu shot to insure full protection for the whole season. However, vaccinations may be given any time during the flu season. Protect yourself, your family and those in your community by getting your flu vaccine at this year’s clinic.

Any questions may be directed to the Madison Health Department at 973-593-3079 ext.9.

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