Press Release from the Westchester County Department of Health:
County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today that the Westchester County Department of Health will offer free flu shots to residents today, Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“With so much demand for the flu shot right now, some doctors and pharmacists are having a hard time keeping up,” Astorino said. “By offering free flu shots, we aim to help those residents who have not yet gotten vaccinated.’’
The county has 1,000 doses which can be given to adults and children ages 9 and up. Residents are strongly encouraged to register in advance for the flu clinic at www.health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic. Those without Internet access can call 914-995-7425, weekdays, starting Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“It’s important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot every year,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “We hope residents will take advantage of this opportunity, because flu season can last well into the spring. It’s also equally important to wash your hands frequently, to avoid sick people and to stay home when you are sick. Most people will recover on their own from the flu with no need to go to an emergency room or the doctor.”
Residents can also visit the health department Web site to find providers and pharmacies who are giving flu shots. Physicians can call the health department if they have excess vaccine to share with other providers or if they are willing to give vaccines to people who are not their patients.
The flu shot is safe and provides protection against the three strains of the flu that are circulating this season.
To prevent spreading the flu, cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you do get a respiratory infection, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides, to avoid spreading your germs. Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy food.