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County Flu Shot program already reaches 7,200 residents

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2017
Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3395) or
Freeholder Jim Jefferson (856-853-3384)

County Flu Shot program already reaches 7,200 residents 

(Woodbury, NJ) –Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health said that more than 7,200 flu shots have been administered since the program started on Sept. 20, 2017.  

Damminger said, "There are plenty of flu vaccines left for our residents. One of the easiest and best ways to stay flu free this year is to get your flu shot. We anticipate administering up to 15,000 immunizations this year."  

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health said that getting your no-cost flu shot is easy and convenient.  

Jefferson said, “The flu can be deadly to some people, especially the very young and elderly.  There is no cost for our residents and we make it so easy there is no reason not to get immunized.”

“Every resident who gets immunized against the flu will ultimately cut down the strain on our hospital emergency rooms, employers, schools and other public health agencies during flu season,” Jefferson said.  

The following is a list of the remaining dates and locations where flu shots are available from the Gloucester County Health Department. 

Monday, November 6
4 to 6 p.m.
Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 

Monday, November 13
11 a.m. to Noon
Elk Township Municipal Bldg. 680 Whig Lane, Monroeville, NJ  

Tuesday, November 14
Noon to 1 p.m.
Holy Nativity Church 3 Lenape Trail, Wenonah, NJ 

Tuesday, November 14
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Paulsboro High School 662 N. Delaware Street, Paulsboro, NJ 

Thursday, November 16
11 a.m. to Noon
Bethesda Methodist Church 1435 Kings Highway Swedesboro, NJ

Monday, November 20
Noon to 1 p.m.
Franklin Township Community Center 1548 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ

Monday, November 20
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Westville Community Center 1035 Broadway, Westville, NJ 

Tuesday, November 21
11 a.m. to Noon
Cedar Grove Club 1A Whippoorwill Way, Mantua, NJ

Tuesday, November 21
5 to 7 p.m.
Monroe Library 713 Marsha Avenue, Williamstown, NJ

Tuesday, November 28
4 to 6 p.m.
Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 

Monday, December 4
1 to 3 p.m.
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ

Monday, December 11
2 to 4 p.m.
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue Sewell, NJ

Monday, December 18
1 to 3 p.m.
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 

Thursday, December 28
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic
Health Department 204 E. Holly Avenue, Sewell, NJ 

Flu Facts & Guidelines

Vaccine viruses are chosen to maximize the likelihood that the influenza vaccine will protect against the viruses most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

This year we will be offering ONLY quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccine.

This year's quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccine contains the following four viruses:  A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)-pdm09-like virus; A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus; B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus; B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

We do not carry every type of flu vaccine formulations such as:  nasal, intradermal, & egg free.

If you would like more information about this year’s flu vaccine please visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

The following guidelines are followed for the Gloucester County Influenza Immunization Program:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the Flu Vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and over.

Available to County residents only, proof of residency is required.

PLEASE have paperwork completed prior to your arrival whenever possible.  It available for printing by visiting www.gloucestercountynj.gov

PLEASE remember to place your car in park when you arrive at the nurse.

PLEASE do not bring your dog along to a drive thru clinic.

PLEASE DO NOT attend a drive thru clinic if you have never received a flu shot before. 

Children and the Flu Vaccine:

Please DO NOT send your child with a family member who is not their legal guardian.  Children ages 6 months-18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

Children under the age of 9 years receiving flu immunization for the first time need two shots. The second shot should be given one month after the first shot.

Preschool children attending a licensed day care facility must have received their flu immunization before December 31, 2017 to be allowed to attend daycare in 2018.  Special “Daycare/Preschool/Family” clinics have been included for this population.

It is NOT recommended to bring children to the drive thru clinics. 

Some people should only receive their flu vaccine from their doctor:

Those who are allergic to eggs or any vaccine component.

Those who are on immunosuppressive therapy (cancer treatment or steroid therapy).

Those with multiple sclerosis, previous attacks of GBS, or other recurring or persistent neurological illness.
 
Helpful Tips for the Clinics:

Please have your ID (driver’s license) ready upon entering a clinic.

Wear clothes that will permit you to easily expose your dominant (shot) arm.

Keep your belongings with you at all times.

Clinics will begin and end as scheduled.

This year’s clinic schedule is also on the County’s website.

Covering coughs and sneezes coupled with frequent and thorough hand washing combats many diseases, especially during flu season. 

The Gloucester County Department of Health is located at 204 East Holly Avenue in Sewell.

Visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov for more information or contact us at (856) 218–4101.
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