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> National Flu Immunization Week 2015

 N E W S   R E L E A S E 

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


Thursday, December 3, 2015

For more information contact:
Theresa Lyczko or Melissa Gatch at (607) 274-6600

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 6–12, 2015

(Ithaca, N.Y., December 3, 2015) — 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 vaccination 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 this holiday season and during the winter months.”

Flu vaccinations are available for children 6 months of age and older and adults at the Tompkins County Health Department at 55 Brown Road by appointment. Call 274-6616 for more information on cost and to make an appointment. Flu vaccinations are also available at physician offices and at local pharmacies. Call first to confirm.

People at high risk for developing serious flu complications include children younger than 5 years of age, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, blood disorders, morbid obesity, kidney and liver disorders, HIV or AIDS and cancer.

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 January 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. 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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