Flu clinics upcoming

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Essex County Public Health Department has announced the dates for its 2009 Flu Clinics.

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. It 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.

Vaccines are $20 for adults, age 19 and older. Children ages six months to 18 years pay no fee. Pneumonia vaccines will also be available for $42. All clinics are from 3-7 p.m. The dates are:

• Monday, Sept. 28, Jay Town Hall

• Tuesday, Sept. 29, Lake Placid Town Hall

• Wednesday, Sept. 30, Schroon Lake Fire House

• Thursday, Oct. 1, Moriah Fire House

• Monday, Oct. 5, Willsboro Town Hall

• Tuesday, Oct. 6, Moses-Ludington Hosp., Ticonderoga

• Thursday, Oct. 8, Public Health Dept., Elizabethtown

The Seasonal Flu Vaccine will not provide protection against the 2009 H1N1 Flu. There will be a separate vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 Flu. The 2009 H1N1 Flu vaccine clinic information will be coming soon.

For more information about seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 Flu visit Essex County Public Health Department at www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth and click on the Flu Central button or call 873-3500.

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