Free Late Season Flu Shot Clinics
It’s Never Too Late
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Sara Sooy urges residents to get their free flu shots, if they have not done so this season. The New Jersey State Department of Health (NJDOH) reports that flu outbreaks are high in Somerset County and throughout New Jersey.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) activity peaks between the months of December and February. However, flu outbreaks can last as late as May. Therefore, it is not too late to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
“Flu vaccination is the first line of defense to prevent the flu,” says Freeholder Sooy, health department liaison. “Just take a little time out of your day to go to a clinic and get a free flu shot. It’s not too late, and will save you time and money in the long run.” It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response, so the sooner you are vaccinated, the better.
Get a free flu shot by visiting a local clinic that is sponsored by the Somerset County Department of Health. Adults age 18 and above, who have not received a flu shot, can visit the following clinics:
• United Reformed Church, located on Main Street, Somerville on Jan. 31, 2019, from
12 to 2 p.m.
• Franklin Township Public Library, 3391 Route 27, Franklin Park on Feb. 11, 2019, from
4 to 7 p.m.
Influenza is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system and can become serious. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In some cases, people may experience vomiting and diarrhea. If symptoms are severe, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately in order to ensure that proper treatment is administered.
In addition to getting a flu shot, taking preventive actions such as avoiding people who are sick and washing your hands regularly can help to reduce the spread of germs. To prevent spreading flu to others it is recommended that people who are infected with the flu stay home from work or school until they are well.
For information about flu clinics, contact the Somerset County Department of Health at 908-231 7155 or HealthDept@co.somerset.nj.us.
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