County of Monmouth
For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2009
 

Monmouth County Health Department offering
seasonal flu shots to residents of member towns
Still no word on vaccinations for H1N1, also known as the swine flu

A nurse administers a flu shot

FREEHOLD – In an effort to limit the effects of the 2009-10 seasonal flu season, the Monmouth County Health Department will be offering flu shots to eligible residents at 26 flu-shot clinics from mid-September through late October. 
 
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“Generally speaking, anyone over six months of age can receive the seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine,” said Freeholder Amy Mallet, liaison to the county Health Department. “We strongly urge anyone at risk of flu-related complications to get the seasonal vaccine this fall.”
 
Dates, times and locations of the upcoming flu-shot sessions are available on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.  
 
Individuals living in towns covered by the county’s Health Department can get a flu shot at the county’s clinics. They are: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Neptune, Neptune City, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt, Union Beach and Wall.
 
Cost for the vaccine is $20. The seasonal flu vaccine is free to seniors with Medicare Part B. The county program does not accept or bill insurance companies, but will provide a receipt suitable for submission to a health insurance company.
 
Those who should receive the vaccination include:
  • children from 6 months of age up to their 19th birthday;
  • anyone 50 years of age or older;
  • pregnant women;
  • people of any age with chronic medical conditions, including heart, kidney, lung or a metabolic disease (such as diabetes), asthma, anemia, weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, long-term treatment with drugs such as steroids, cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs and certain muscle or nerve disorders (such as seizure disorders or severe cerebral palsy),
  • people who care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications (see above) including health care providers and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age, and
  • residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities.
Influenza vaccine is also recommended for anyone who lives with or cares for people at high risk for flu-related complications, including health care providers, household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years of age, and household contacts and caregivers of people 50 years and older or with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.
 
A yearly influenza vaccination should be consideredfor people who provide essential community services and people living in dormitories or under other crowded conditions.
 
“We are actively encouraging people to get the seasonal influenza vaccine this year because we are anticipating a busy flu season that may be complicated by a resurgence of the H1N1 influenza,” said Michael Meddis, Monmouth County’s public health coordinator. “We are continuing to work with local health partners to monitor the seasonal influenza and the H1N1 influenza situation.”
 
“County residents can help reduce the spread of the seasonal flu by continuing to use some good hygiene habits,” Meddis said. “You need to be sure that you wash your hands thoroughly to protect yourself from germs and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available and you are using a hand sanitizer, be sure it is at least 60 percent alcohol.”
 
For additional information, call the Monmouth County Health Department at (732) 431-7456, or log onto www.visitmonmouth.com/health for the complete schedule, or click here to view the PDF version.
 
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2009 Monmouth County Health Dept. Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Schedule
 
Date                      Time                                    Location  
 
Tuesday               10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.      MARLBORO
September 15                                               Recreation Center - 1996 Recreation Way
 
Thursday              2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      ENGLISHTOWN
September 17                                             Municipal Building - 15 Main Street
 
Monday              10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       WALL
September 21                                                   Municipal Building - 2700 Allaire Road
                             2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        FARMINGDALE
                                                                          Community Center - 13 Asbury Avenue
 
Tuesday               9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       NEPTUNE TWP.
September 22                                                    Senior Center - 1825 Corlies Avenue
                            9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.           MANASQUAN
                                                                              Borough Hall - 201 East Main Street
                           11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.         LAKE COMO
                                                                              Borough Hall - 1740 Main Street
 
Wednesday         11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       AVON
September 23                                                 Firehouse - 301 Main Street
                              1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.             BELMAR
                                                                          Municipal Building - 601 Main Street
 
Thursday              9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       OCEANPORT
September 24                                                First Aid Building - 6 Pemberton Avenue
 
Monday              9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.         UNION BEACH
September 28                                                   Borough Hall - 650 Poole Avenue
                            11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       MATAWAN
                                                                       Community Center - 201 Broad Street
 
Tuesday              11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       NEPTUNE CITY
September 29                                                117 Third Avenue - (732) 776-7224
 
Wednesday         10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       ASBURY PARK
September 30                                                Our Lady of Mount Carmel
                                                                          Asbury Avenue & Pine Street
 
Monday              10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.        ALLENTOWN
October 5                                                      First Aid Building - 526 Walker Avenue
                            1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            MILLSTONE
                                                                    Community Center - Route 524 & Stagecoach Rd.
 
Thursday             11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.      ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS
October 8                                                    Senior Center - Simon Lake
 
Saturday              10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.        BRADLEY BEACH
October 10                                                  Public Library - 511 4th Avenue
 
Wednesday         1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.         HAZLET
October 14                                                  Cullen Center , Memorial Park - 1776 Union Avenue
 
Thursday             1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.         ABERDEEN
October 15                                                   Municipal Building - 1 Aberdeen Square
 
Monday             9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         HOWELL*
October 19                                                        Howell Villages -    (Howell Seniors Only 60 +)
                                                                            Hwy 9 & Wyckoff Rd                                 
                            1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.           HOWELL* Surrey Downs Clubhouse  
                                                                            (Howell Seniors Only 60 + )
                                                                            1 Queen Anne Boulevard                               
 
Wednesday       1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        BRADLEY BEACH
October 21                                                       Senior Center - 719 Main Street
 
Friday                9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.        HOWELL*
October 23                                                 Crossroads - 720 Hwy 9 South            
                                                                     (Howell Residents Only)
                          10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       HOWELL*
                                                                      Friendship Gardens (Friendship Residents Only)
                                                                      100 Friendship Road
                            
                           1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.         HOWELL*
                                                                     Senior Center - Preventorium Road      
                                                                    (Howell Residents Only)
 
* There is no charge to Howell residents at the Howell seasonal flu shot clinics (10/19 & 10/23)
 
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