Ul­ster agency offers flu shots

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Free­man staff

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.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO—DAILY FREE­MAN

An sign ad­ver­tises the avail­abil­ity of flu shots ou­side of Nekos-Dedrick’s Phar­macy on North Front Street in Up­town Kingston on Tues­day.

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