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> Flu Vaccinations 2018 at TCHD

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Monday, September 17, 2018

For more information contact: Community Health Services at 607-274-6604

Flu Vaccinations Available at the Tompkins County Health Department

(Ithaca, N.Y., September 17, 2018) — Now is the time to get a flu vaccination. There are many opportunities in the community for flu vaccination including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD). Everyone 6 months of age and over should be vaccinated every year against the flu.

Flu vaccination is the best protection against the flu – it protects you and limits the spread of flu to others. These include infants under the age of 6 months who are too young to be immunized and those who are immune compromised such as people receiving cancer treatment.

TCHD is providing flu vaccinations by appointment at its location at 55 Brown Road beginning Tuesday, September 25.

Flu vaccinations by appointment will also be available on Tuesday, October 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street.

A special Family Flu Clinic will be held on Friday, October 19 from 9 am to 4 pm at TCHD for children as young as 6 months to 18 years of age and adults. There is no school on October 19, so this maybe a convenient time to vaccinate the family.

Appointments are necessary for all clinics and can be made by calling the Health Department at (607) 274-6616.

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of an annual flu vaccination. At the Health Department, there are no out-of-pocket costs if you have one of the following health insurance plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare Part B and a Medicare Managed Care Plan.

However, if you have a health insurance plan other than those listed above, you will have to pay the cost of the flu vaccination at the time of your appointment. The Health Department will provide a receipt that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

The cost is $38. Cash and checks accepted; no credit or debit cards. For more information call (607) 274-6616.

The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at, and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.