Protect yourself from influenza

FONDA — Montgomery County Public Health encourages influenza shots and offers tips to prevent the spread of flu in a news release as follows:.

Getting vaccinated is the first and best way to prevent flu. This season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal vaccine last season. Flu vaccines have protected millions of people safely for decades.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of seasonal influenza-associated deaths varies from year to year because flu seasons are unpredictable and often fluctuate in length and severity. The bottom line is the flu is a serious disease. In the event you contract the flu or are in contact with someone who may have the flu, follow these simple precautionary measures to prevent the spread of flu virus to yourself, your family, and to those in your community:

∫ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

∫ Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using a tissue. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

∫ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

∫ Avoid close contact with people who are sick–at least 6 feet.

∫ Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Montgomery County Public Health encourages everyone to check with his or her health care provider for a seasonal flu vaccine. Montgomery County Public Health has seasonal influenza vaccine for children that qualify for the state’s VFC program ages 6 months through 18 years. For children, there is an administration fee of $25 for each vaccine, with an income-based sliding fee scale. For adults, 19 years of age or older, there is a cost of $42.00 for the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Montgomery County Public Health accepts/bills the following plans only:  Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care Plans, Child Health Plus Plans and Medicare B. Montgomery County Public Health does not bill  Medicare Advantage or Supplemental Plans, Medicare D or any other commercial insurance plans. Payment, by cash, check or money order, is due at the time service is rendered. To schedule an appointment, call (518) 853-3531 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the flu, contact Montgomery County Public Health or visit www.co.montgomery.ny.us/publichealth.

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