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Gloucester County Department of Health Offers Additional Flu Shot Clinics

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson said today that the Gloucester County Department of Health will continue to offer free seasonal flu immunizations through March 2017. 

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "There is still time to receive a free flu vaccine.  The season has been mild so far, but as long as flu viruses are spreading, it is not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones."

Freeholder Jim Jefferson said, “The Health Department has administered approximately 11,500 flu shots so far, but there are still folks out there who should get a flu shot.  Older individuals, young children, pregnant woman and people with certain health conditions are at increased risk for serious complications from seasonal flu illness.  For those at high risk, getting the flu vaccine is the most beneficial way to prevent the spread of the flu.”  Jefferson is the liaison to the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services.

Walk-in Flu clinics will be offered on Thursday afternoons through January 31, 2017, between 1 and 3 p.m. at the Gloucester County Department of Health, 204 East Holly Ave. in Sewell, NJ. If you cannot make it on a Thursday, call (856) 218-4102 to schedule an appointment.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of the flu so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Some signs and symptoms of the flu include:

·       Fever
·       Headache
·       Body aches
·       Sore throat
·       Cough
·       Runny or stuffy nose
·       Fatigue

Residents should take everyday precautions against the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you have flu-like symptoms, it is best to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone to minimize exposing others to the virus.

Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting vaccinated for the first time may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected. If a child has not received his/her first dose, get them vaccinated now. For children who are 6 months through 8 years of age and who have been vaccinated with one dose, parents should check with the child's doctor to see if a second dose is needed.  ###