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Oneida County Prepares for Start of Flu Season

11 Oct News

As we enter the start of flu season, the Oneida County Health Department has begun vaccinating people against influenza at the Oneida County Health Department.

Oneida County director Linda Conlon says,“We recommend anyone 6 months of age and older to get their flu shot.” Certain people are at higher risk of complications from the flu. Those people include children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes.”

Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Each year the flu vaccine changes based on surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which type and strain will circulate.

Conlon adds that “the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to practice good hygiene, get your flu shot each year, stay home when you are sick, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The flu shot is $25 and the pneumococcal shot is $60. The Oneida County Health Department bills Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Replacements (Card must be presented at time of service). Cash and check are also accepted. For more information contact the Oneida County Health Department at (715)369-6111.

Their new office is located at 100 W Keenan St, near Trig’s parking lot, above the Oneida County Senior Center.