Ulster agency offers flu shots
The Ulster County Department of Health will hold a dozen clinics to offer flu shots to local residents beginning Oct. 26.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way for a person to protect herself and her family from the flu. The vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school, according to the CDC website. The agency said everyone 6-monthsold and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible.
“The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications,” the CDC said.
The CDC said only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season. The agency added that the vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose and body aches.
In Ulster County, vaccination clinics will be held through Nov. 28.
In Dutchess County, the county Department of Behavioral and Community Health clinic will also offer flu vaccines for the uninsured, by appointment, on Mondays at 29 North Hamilton St. in Poughkeepsie. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call (845) 4863535 or email clinics@ dutchessny.gov.
The upcoming flu vaccination clinics in Ulster County are scheduled for:
Oct. 26, Nov. 3 and Nov. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., Ulster County Department of Health, 239 Golden Hill Lane, Kingston.
Oct. 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Woodland Ponds, 100 Woodland Ponds Circle, New Paltz.
Nov. 2, 10 to 11 a.m., Rosendale Rec Center, state Route 32, Rosendale.
Nov. 4, 10 to 11 a.m., VFW Post 8645, 101 state Route 208, New Paltz.
Nov. 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saugerties Senior Center, 207 Market St., Saugerties.
Nov. 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley.
Nov. 17, 10 to 11 a.m., Trudy Resnick Farber building, 50 Center St., Ellenville.
Nov. 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Esopus Town Hall, 284 Broadway, Port Ewen.
Nov. 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wallkill Fire Department, 18 Park Ave., Wallkill.
Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Shandaken Town Hall, 7209 state Route 28, Shandaken.
For more information, call the Ulster County Department of Health flu hotline at (845) 3403093.
Many commercial pharmacies also offer the season’s flu shots, as do physicians.
An sign advertises the availability of flu shots ouside of Nekos-Dedrick’s Pharmacy on North Front Street in Uptown Kingston on Tuesday.