FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Health Department is offering flu shots to county residents at 22 flu-shot clinics now through late October.
“Generally speaking, anyone over six months of age can receive the seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine,” said Freeholder Director John P. Curley, liaison to the Health Department. “We strongly urge anyone at risk of flu-related complications to get the seasonal vaccine from the county Health Department or your health care provider.”
Dates, times and locations of the upcoming flu-shot clinics are available on the Health Department section of the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.
At the clinics, Monmouth County residents will pay $25 for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The vaccines are free to seniors with Medicare Part B. Accepted insurance companies are Aetna, Humana, Medicare RR and United Mine Workers of America. The county Health Department does not accept or bill other insurance companies, but the Health Department staff will provide a receipt suitable for submission to a health insurance company.
Clinic participants will be screened by a registered nurse regarding risk factors and educated about the vaccine. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for children six months to 18 years of age.
Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. People in the high-risk groups include:•all children 6 months of age to 4 years;•people 50 years and older;•adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular, kidney, liver, neurological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes);•people with compromised immune systems;•women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season;•children 6 months to 18 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy;•residents of long-term care facilities;•people who are morbidly obese;•household contacts and caregivers of children less than 5, and•adults age 50 and above.
A yearly influenza vaccination should be considered for people who provide essential community services and people living in dormitories or under other crowded conditions.
Individuals who should not receive the influenza vaccine are: •those with an allergy to eggs and egg proteins; •anyone with a previous life threatening reaction to a flu vaccine, or •individuals with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
“We are actively encouraging people to get the seasonal influenza vaccine this year because we are anticipating another busy flu season,” said Michael A. Meddis, Monmouth County’s public health coordinator. “We are continuing to work with local health partners to monitor the seasonal influenza and other public health concerns.”
“County residents can help reduce the spread of the seasonal flu by continuing to use some good hygiene habits,” Meddis said. “You need to be sure that you wash your hands thoroughly to protect yourself from germs and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available and you are using a hand sanitizer, be sure it is at least 60 percent alcohol.”
For additional information, call the Monmouth County Health Department at 732-431-7456, or log onto www.visitmonmouth.com for the complete schedule.
The Monmouth County Health Department provides public health services for residents of the following towns: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keyport, Lake Como, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Neptune Township, Neptune City, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt, Shrewsbury Township and Union Beach.
2012 Monmouth County Health Dept. Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Schedule
Date Time Location
Sept. 11 10 a.m. - noon Keyport Senior Center 110 Second Street
Sept. 14 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Manasquan Borough Hall 201 East Main Street
Sept. 19 noon – 1 p.m. Avon-By-The-Sea Firehouse 301 Main Street
Sept. 21 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Belmar Municipal Building 601 Main Street
Sept. 26 10 a.m. - noon Ocean Grove Francis Asbury Manor 70 Stockton Avenue 1:30 pm. – 2:30 p.m. Lake Como Borough Hall 1740 Main Street
Sept. 27 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Englishtown Municipal Building 15 Main Street 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Millstone Community Center Route 524 & Stagecoach Road
Sept. 28 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Marlboro Recreation Center 1996 Recreation Way
Oct. 2 9 a.m. - noon Oceanport First Aid Building 6 Pemberton Avenue
Oct. 3 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Farmingdale Community Center 13 Asbury Avenue 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Atlantic Highlands Senior Center Simon Lake
Oct. 5 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Union Beach Borough Hall 650 Poole Avenue
Oct. 9 10 a.m. - noon Hazlet Cullen Center Memorial Park 1776 Union Avenue 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Aberdeen Municipal Building 1 Aberdeen Square
Oct. 10 9 a.m. – noon Neptune Twp. Senior Center 1607 Corlies Avenue
Oct. 11 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Howell* Senior Center 245 Preventorium Road
Oct. 15 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Shrewsbury Twp. Community Center 1979 Crawford Street
Oct. 16 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Neptune City Community Center 117 Third Avenue
Oct. 17 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Howell* Howell Villages Highway 9 & Wyckoff Road 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Howell* Surrey Downs Clubhouse 1 Queen Anne Boulevard
Oct. 18 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Matawan Community Center 201 Broad Street
* Clinics taking place in Howell are open only to Howell residents age 60 and over and are free.