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It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu
National Influenza Immunization Week December 8-14,
Flu Vaccination: The Best Way to Protect the Ones You Love from
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
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
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
or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Additional Flu Information:
National Influenza Immunization Week Provider Practices
Flu Vaccination: The Best Way to Protect the Ones You Love from Flu
Immunization Clinics are for residents of Washington County
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
- Enrolled in Medicaid
- Medicaid Managed Care
- Child Health Plus
- American Indians or Alaska
Publicly Funded vaccine, either state or
federally funded, may not be used for routine vaccination of any fully privately
Fully privately insured children are vaccinated with vaccines purchased through
To schedule vaccinations for Call 518-746-2400 and ask for WCPH Immunization
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
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
NO CHILD SEEKING VACCINATION WILL BE TURNED AWAY FROM
WCPH FOR INABILITY TO PAY FOR THE VACCINE OR ADMINISTRATION FEE. A
SLIDING FEE SCALES FOR DISCOUNT FEES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT CLINIC. PLEASE BRING
PROOF OF INCOME DOCUMENTATION.
Vaccine-preventable disease outbreak response
Publicly funded vaccine will continue to be available regardless of insurance
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.
is necessary. Please call (518) 746-2400
with questions or to schedule an
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.
If you need information call
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