Clinics also set in Schroon, Moriah

TICONDEROGA - The Essex County Public Health Department has announced its 2009 seasonal flu and pneumonia clinic schedule.

All clinics are open to the public at locations throughout Essex County. Seasonal flu vaccine is $20 for adults (19 years and older) and no charge for children (6 months through 18 years); Pneumonia is $42. Medicaid or Medicare Part B cards must be presented at the clinic. People who have Medicare Part B through private insurance must pay Essex County Public Health Department for the vaccine(s) and then submit the receipt to their private insurance for reimbursement.

The schedule includes:

- Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Schroon Lake fire house from 3-7 p.m.;

- Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Moriah fire house from 3-7 p.m.;

- Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Moses-Ludington Hospital cafeteria in Ticonderoga; and from 3-7 p.m.; and

- Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Essex County Public Health Department in Elizabethtown 3-7 p.m.

Getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the first step in fighting the flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is developed annually based on research that suggests which three viruses will be the most common in the current year.

Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others. Seasonal flu vaccination is especially important for those at higher risk of serious flu complications such as young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older. Seasonal flu vaccination is also important healthcare workers and people who live or care for anyone at higher risk of complications to prevent them from becoming ill with the flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine will not provide protection against the 2009 H1N1 flu. There will be a separate vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 flu.

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