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> Flu Vaccinations Available at Tompkins County Health Department

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


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

For more information contact:
Theresa Lyczko at (607) 274-6714 or Karen Bishop at (607) 274-6616


Flu Vaccinations Available at Tompkins County Health Department

September 18, 2012 (ITHACA, N.Y.) — Are you considering whether or not to get a flu shot this year? Here’s an easy answer: Everyone, Every Year (Everyone over the age of 6 months). This is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD). A flu shot is the best protection against the flu — it protects you and limits the spread of flu to others, particularly infants under the age of 6 months who are too young to be immunized.

Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is providing flu vaccinations for adults 19 years of age and above at its location at 55 Brown Road — across from the airport. There is plenty of free parking.  One clinic will also take place in October at Lifelong at 119 West Court Street in Ithaca.

For your convenience, appointments are necessary for all clinics. Call the Health Department at 607-274-6616. Fu shots will be available beginning Wednesday, September 19.

The cost is $25 for adults 19 years of age and above. Cash and checks accepted; no credit or debit cards The Health Department bills Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Total Care, Fidelis, Medicare Part B and Medicare Managed Plans: Secure Horizons, Today’s Options, and Medicare Blue.

Flu shots will be available by appointment at the Health Department:
Wednesday, September 19, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Thursday, September 20, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 27, 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Vaccination for children 6 months of age to 18 years of age will be available in October. More information will follow at a later date.

While flu vaccination is the best prevention against the flu, basic prevention practices are always important to keep in mind to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory diseases.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue during coughs and sneezes; discard the tissue.
  • Keep your hands away from your face, eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces such as door knobs, telephones, keyboards.
  • Stay home from school, work, and social engagements if you have flu symptoms to protect others.

For more information call 607- 274-6616 or go to  or

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