The Ocean County Health and fitness Division has unveiled its program of flu shot clinics for the autumn of 2020.
Community overall health officials say obtaining a seasonal flu shot is more crucial this yr than at any time just before due to the fact flu year coincides with a predicted spike in the selection of COVID-19 conditions in substantially of the country as persons go back again inside as temperatures drop. They be concerned a blend of COVID-19 scenarios and cases of seasonal influenza – which share many signs – could overwhelm hospitals.
Indeed, seasonal influenza and COVID-19 share not only signs but signifies of transmission.
“Seasonal influenza viruses are considered to be transmitted from man or woman-to-person mainly through virus-laden droplets that are produced when contaminated persons discuss, cough, or sneezes,” reads the OCHD web page. “These air droplets can be deposited into the respiratory tract when a person breathes or touches a contaminated surface (e.g. doorway knobs, cell telephones or car or truck keys).”
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“All individuals 6 months of age or older,” says the OCHD internet site, “should get vaccinated in opposition to seasonal flu every single 12 months. Little ones young than 6 months are at superior chance of serious flu health issues but are far too youthful to be vaccinated. People who treatment for them should really be vaccinated as a substitute.
“Vaccination is particularly vital for pregnant girls and persons with continual diseases.
“The flu vaccine protects versus many different flu viruses (strains). Flu vaccines are current each yr to better match the viruses circulating in the general public.
“Getting the flu vaccine are not able to give you the flu! The vaccine is produced with inactive (killed) virus strains which are not infectious.”
The OCHD has scheduled 21 clinics amongst Oct. 15 and Dec. 17, five of which are in Southern Ocean County. These five are:
Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edward Thornton Local community Centre, 319 West Calabreeze Way, Very little Egg Harbor.
Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stafford Recreation Heart, 25 Pine St., Manahawkin.
Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., once again at the Stafford Recreation Heart.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., yet again at the Edward Thornton Local community Middle in LEH.
And last but not least, Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at the Edward Thornton Local community Centre.
Influenza vaccinations are with no out-of-pocket expenditure to all Ocean County inhabitants. Pneumonia vaccinations are also readily available at every single clinic, whilst citizens youthful than 65 a long time of age must deliver a physician’s prescription to obtain just one.
The Prolonged Beach front Island Overall health Office has not but introduced its 2020-2021 flu shot clinic schedule.
There are a pair of changes this calendar year with the Ocean County Wellness Department’s flu shot clinics in the middle of the pandemic.
To start with, appointments are demanded for all inhabitants at the clinics in an work to space out pictures and thus prevent crowds gathering at the websites. To initiate the appointment process check out OCHD.org.
2nd, the OCHD has established up a special plan for mattress-bound residents. These who have been declared bed certain by their doctor and obtain a prescription from their health care provider can set up a property appointment with a member of the OCHD staff. Call 732-341-9700, extension 7411, to find out additional about this plan. —R.M.