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  • Immunization Clinic (Updated 012/06/13)

    It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!

    Flu Vaccination: The Best Way to Protect the Ones You Love from Flu

    An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu as well as flu-related complications that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

    Influenza is among the most common respiratory illnesses in the United States. Every year, flu spreads across the country, from person to person, among families and communities. Severe flu complications can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Even healthy children and young adults can get very sick from the flu.
    “One of the greatest challenges we face from the flu is the uncertainty of the disease,” explains Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread, and they can affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection.” Since flu viruses are constantly changing and immunity can decline over time, annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.
    People with certain long-term health conditions are at high risk of suffering from serious flu complications. Last season, nearly 92 percent of adults hospitalized with flu had a long-term health condition; as did about 55 percent of children reported to be hospitalized for flu. Asthma, diabetes and chronic heart disease are common examples of long-term health conditions. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent influenza and is particularly important in people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.

    There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine; for instance, people who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine or any of its components in the past. For more information about who should and who should not get vaccinated, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm.

    Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever before. Vaccines are available in a variety of locations, for example, from your doctor or local health department, and at many pharmacies. Many employers, schools, and retail stores also offer flu vaccines. Additionally, there are several vaccine options for the 2013-14 season. CDC does not recommend one vaccine over the other, so talk to your doctor or nurse about the best option for you. Use the vaccine finder at http://vaccine.healthmap.org/ to find a flu vaccination clinic near you. Call ahead to confirm availability for any specific vaccine options. As part of the Affordable Care Act, all plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace and other plans will provide many free preventive services, including flu vaccinations. For information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit www.HealthCare.gov, http://www.cdc.gov/flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

    Flu Bug  http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

    Additional Flu Information:

    National Influenza Immunization Week Provider Practices  Adobe pdf

    Flu Vaccination: The Best Way to Protect the Ones You Love from Flu Adobe pdf


    Immunization Clinics are for residents of Washington County ONLY
    Washington County Public Health holds an Immunization Clinic every Wednesday from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Child and adult vaccines are given during this clinic. The clinic is by appointment. Please call (518) 746-2400 with any questions or to schedule an appointment

    New York State Department of Health Children and Adolescent Vaccine Policy clarification require Washington County Public Health to initiate the following changes effective October 1, 2012

    Publicly funded vaccine will continue to serve eligible children and adolescents:

    • Uninsured
    • Under-insured
    • Enrolled in Medicaid
    • Medicaid Managed Care
    • Child Health Plus
    • American Indians or Alaska Natives




Publicly Funded vaccine, either state or federally funded, may not be used for routine vaccination of any fully privately insured individual.
Fully privately insured children are vaccinated with vaccines purchased through their insurance.

To schedule vaccinations for Call 518-746-2400 and ask for WCPH Immunization Intake Coordinator:

The following information will be required:
Primary Care Physician: may defer to PCP for vaccination
Phone Number/call back required
Social Security Number if insurance provider/number is unknown
Insurance information
Immunizations requesting

STEP TWO Immunization Intake Coordinator will
Obtain through vaccination report: NYSIIS, MD vaccination record
Call private insurance providers for authorization for any recommended vaccinations and information pertaining to co-pays and deductibles.
Call back with above information

Anticipated cost of vaccination will be discussed
Schedule appointment OR Defer to primary care physician


Vaccine-preventable disease outbreak response
Publicly funded vaccine will continue to be available regardless of insurance status.

Washington County Public Health is NOT holding public flu clinics this year (2013). If a Washington County resident does NOT have a private health care provider and wishes to get a flu shot at one of the Tuesday clinics, it is by appointment only, and the cost is $30.00. The Tuesday immunization clinic is the only time flu vaccine will be give to the public and only if they do not have a private health care provider.

Well Child Clinic

Well child clinics are now being held twice during the summer.
An appointment
is necessary. Please call (518) 746-2400
with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Rabies Clinic

Rabies clinics are held for animals throughout the year. New York State requires a current rabies vaccine for every dog, cat or ferret. These clinic are held at various locations in the county.

All Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated one year later, then every three years thereafter. Please bring proof of any previous rabies vaccination. Vaccines are administered in accordance with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV). 

All Washington County Rabies clinics are free to the public.

Rabies Clinic Schedule

If you need information call (518) 746-2400.

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