Broome Health Department Announces Flu Clinics

By Matt Hicks

Broome Health Department Announces Flu Clinics

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Health Department announces schedule for this season's flu vaccine clinics.

The following is a press release from the Broome County Health Department:

The Broome County Health Department will begin to hold its community flu vaccine clinics for the public starting Wednesday, October 10, 2012. The vaccine to protect against seasonal influenza (flu) will be available in flu shot form at the clinics. No nasal flu mist will be available.

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Although there are steps one can take to prevent themselves from the flu, your best defense is to receive an annual flu vaccination.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal flu vaccinations for every who is at least six months of age and older. It is especially important for some groups to get vaccinated. Those include:

• Young children
• Older adults
• Pregnant women
• People with weakened immune systems
• People who have chronic illnesses

The clinics are open to anyone ages three and up. The fee for the flu vaccine is $25 (cash or check only). If you are 65 years of age or older and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today’s Options or CDPHP Medicare the health department will bill your insurance plan. Pneumonia shots will also be offered at the flu clinics for Medicare Part B recipients aged 65 and older.

If your child’s immunizations are covered by medical insurance, parents are advised to seek flu shots for them at their regular medical provider. This can help cut down on out of pocket costs, especially for children who require a second dose of the vaccine because of their age.

If your child’s immunizations are not covered by insurance, call the Broome County Health Department at 607-778-2839 to schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine. The health department offers immunizations for uninsured children at low or no cost.

More Residents can call the Broome County Health Department Influenza Line at 778-3911, Option 2, to hear a recording of the current clinic schedule or log onto the Broome County Health Department website.

2012 Flu Clinic Schedule:

Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

•Wednesday, October 10
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
•Saturday, October 13
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
•Monday, October 15
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
•Monday, October 22
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
•Monday, November 5
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•Monday, November 19
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•Monday, December 3
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm.

Fenton Town Hall, 44 Park Street, Port Crane, NY 13833

•Tuesday, November 6
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.