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Freeholders Arrange Free Flu Clinics for Residents – Get Your Flu Shot Early in the Season

(Woodbury, NJ) – As flu season rounds the corner, Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes have a clear message for residents.  Get your shot.

Gloucester County Freeholders have again scheduled 36 open influenza clinics to keep residents healthy this flu season.  The county-run clinics begin on October 2, 2013.

Clinics are scheduled in every community, with eleven held during the evenings and fouron Saturdays so that busy families can take advantage of this free program. There are no out-of-pocket costs for a flu shot from the county.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, "The best time to get the shot is before the flu starts circulating, so we encourage residents to get their shot early in the season."  The season generally runs from October through May.  It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to protecta person from the virus after the shot is received so it is recommended to get the flu shot as soon as you can.”

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone, starting at age 6 months, with only a few exceptions for people with rare health conditions.

Freeholder Lyman Barnes said, "Because the virus changes year to year, the flu vaccine changes too, so everyone needs to be vaccinated each year in order to be protected.”  

Barnes said that the popular Drive-Thru clinics will be held again this year and so will Daycare/Preschool/Family clinics to accommodate those with younger children.

The vaccine viruses are chosen to maximize the likelihood that the influenza vaccine will protect against the viruses most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.   

This year's seasonal flu vaccine contains the following three viruses: Influenza type A (H1N1), Influenza type A (H3N2), and Influenza type B (Massachusetts/2/2012-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus).

Flu shots are available to County residents only and proof of residency is required.  Drive-Thru clinics have been scheduled to accommodate those citizens that have difficulty walking or standing in lines

Complete a blank Flu Consent Form in advance to bring to a clinic of your choice, which is available online at www.gloucestercountynj.gov.  Blank Flu Consent Forms will also be made available at all clinic sites.  If you fill out a form on site, we encourage you to bring return address labels to the flu shot clinic to help speed up your visit.

 
Children and the flu shot:

Residents should not send a child with a family member who is not their legal guardian.  Children ages 6 months-18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

Children under the age of 9 yrs. receiving flu immunization for the first time need two shots. The second shot should be given one month after the first shot.

Preschool children attending a licensed day care facility must have received their flu immunization before December 31, 2013 to be allowed to attend daycare in 2014.  Special "Daycare/Preschool/Family” clinics have been included for this population.

Some people should check with a doctor before taking flu vaccine including persons on immunosuppressive therapy (cancer treatment or steroid therapy), and those with a fever or who have been ill with something more serious than a cold in the last 48 hours.

For additional information or questions call (856) 218-4101 or visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov .

2013 Flu Shot Schedule:

Wednesday, October 2

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Gloucester County Institute of Technology1360 Tanyard Rd.Deptford, NJ 08096

Wednesday, October 9

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Incarnation Church 240 Main StMantua, NJ 08051

Thursday, October 10

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Woodbury Heights Elementary School 100 Academy Ave. Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097

Saturday, October 12

Drive- Thru

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Clayton County Complex 1200 N. Delsea Dr. Clayton, NJ 08312

Tuesday, October 15

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Logan Municipal Building 125 Main Street Bridgeport, NJ 08014

Thursday, October 17

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic

Paulsboro Health Department 1000 Delaware Street Paulsboro, NJ08066

Monday, October 21

Drive-Thru

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Regal Theater, 151 American Blvd. Turnersville, NJ 08012

and

4:00 PM to 6:00 PMHealth Department Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic 204 East Holly AveSewell, NJ 08080

Thursday, October 24

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Parkview School 101 Birch St. Westville, NJ 08093

Friday, October 25

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Cedar Grove Club1-A Whippoorwill Way Mantua, NJ 08051

Saturday, October 26

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Paulsboro High School 662 N. Delaware St. Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Monday, October 28

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM National Park Fire Hall Hessian and Grove Rd. National Park, NJ 08063

and

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Woodbury High School 25 N. Broad St. Woodbury, NJ 08096

Tuesday, October 29

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pitman United Methodist Church 758 N. Broadway Pitman, NJ 08071

and

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Chestnut Ridge School641 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd Sewell, NJ 08080 

 
Wednesday, October 30

10:00 AM to 12:00 PMMary Mother of Mercy (OLOL) 500 Greentree Rd.Glassboro, NJ 08028

Friday, November 1

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Bethesda Methodist Church 1435 Kings Highway Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Saturday, November 2

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Fire Training Center Shady Lane and County House Rd. Clarksboro, NJ 08021

and

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Gloucester County Library Wolfert Station Rd. Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Monday, November 4

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Riverwinds Community Center 1000 Riverwinds Dr. Thorofare, NJ 08086

Wednesday, November 6

10:00 AM to 11:00 AMElk Township Municipal Building 667 Whig LaneMonroeville, NJ 08343

and

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Holy Nativity Church 3 Lenape Trail Wenonah, NJ 08090

Thursday, November 7

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM South Harrison Municipal Building664 Harrisonville Road Harrisonville, N.J. 08039

and

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Newfield Municipal Building 18 Catawba Avenue Newfield, N.J. 08344

Friday, November 8

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Gibbstown Library411 Swedesboro Rd. Gibbstown, NJ 08027

Tuesday, November 12

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Glassboro Senior Center 152 S. Delsea Dr. Glassboro, NJ 08028

and

2:00 PM to 4:00 PMThe Free Public Library of Monroe Township713 Marsha Ave Williamstown, NJ 08094

Wednesday, November 13

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Woolwich Municipal 120 Village Green Dr. Woolwich, NJ 08085

Thursday, November 14

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Deptford Senior Center 1341 Tanyard Rd. Deptford, NJ 08096

Friday, November 15

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Trinity Methodist Church 351 Delsea Dr.Clayton, NJ 08312

and

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Franklin Township Community Center 1548 Coles Mill Rd. Franklinville, NJ 08322

Monday, November 18

Daycare/Preschool/Family Preschool Family Clinic 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Health Department

204 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080

Thursday, December 5

1:00 to 3:00 pm Health Department 204 East Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080

Monday, December 9

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Health Department 204 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080

Monday, December 16

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Health Department 204 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080

Monday, December 30

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Health Department 204 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080