Broome County Health Department Announces Community-Wide Flu Clinic

BINGHAMTON, NY - If you haven’t had an opportunity to get your flu shot yet this season, it’s not too late. The Broome County Health Department located at 225 Front Street, Binghamton, will hold a walk-in clinic on Friday, December 15, 2006, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The clinic is open to anyone who wants to get vaccinated. The flu vaccination costs $25 and is free to individuals that participate in Medicare Part B.

“Flu activity throughout New York State and locally has been sporadic, but there is a chance that could change,” said Diane O’Hora, Supervising Public Health Educator for the Broome County Health Department. “Flu season typically runs from November through March. It’s possible that the season is just getting off to a slow start this year.” The best way to protect oneself against the flu is by getting vaccinated. It takes about two weeks to build immunity after receiving the vaccine. “We want to encourage those who are at high-risk, and anyone else who may want the vaccine, to get it,” said Ms. O’Hora.

Parents are advised to seek flu shots for children at their regular medical provider. If your child does not have a regular medical provider, the Broome County Health Department will provide flu shots to children by appointment only. Call 607.778.2839 to schedule an appointment.

Those participating in a Managed Medicare program must go to their primary care provider.

For more information on flu, visit the Broome County website at www.goBroomeCounty.com and click on the flu icon.