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National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 4 -10, 2016

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The Health Department will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic Jan. 25, 6-8PM, at the SPCA Adoption Center, 1640 Hanshaw Road. For more details, click HERE.

Injury from falling is a major risk for older adults and people with disabilities.  Click HERE to review information on how to prevent falls from the Office for the Aging.

The Health Department is providing flu vaccinations for adults at its building, 55 Brown Road, across from the Airport.  Call 274-6616 to schedule your appointment.  More information

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National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 4 -10, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

National Influenza Vaccination Week highlights the importance of flu vaccination for the best protection against the flu. Getting a flu vaccination in December or later will still provide protection this flu season. Melissa Gatch, Supervising Community Health Nurse notes that as the busy holiday season approaches, people who haven’t gotten a flu vaccine yet often take if off of their “to do” list. She said, “I urge everyone who hasn’t been immunized to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves, their family and friends from the flu during this holiday season and the winter months.”

The flu can make even healthy people very sick. It can also cause serious complications for children younger than 5, pregnant women, seniors and people with certain chronic health conditions. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination to protect as many people as possible should continue throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and death.

Flu activity usually peaks in February or later in the United States and can last as late as May. Tompkins County often experiences a peak of flu illness during January and February when holiday travelers have returned to the area. There are many opportunities in the community for flu vaccination including health care provider offices and pharmacies; call first to confirm. It’s important to remember that as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

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