Flu vaccinations still available from Clifton Health Department

January 21, 2014 by  

New Jersey is already in the midst of an influenza outbreak, but it isn’t too late for Clifton residents to obtain a flu shot. The Clifton Health Department is still holding flu clinics every Wednesday at City Hall. Vaccinations are by appointment only and are available from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Seasonal flu shots work only for the current year’s flu, so last year’s vaccination is no protection against this season’s influenza. A vaccination cannot protect against every strain of influenza, but it does offer protection against what are projected to be the three most common varieties.

Although the flu shot is for anyone who wants to significantly lower their risk of catching seasonal influenza, there are certain individuals for whom a vaccination is especially important. This includes those most likely to develop serious flu-related complications or those who live or work with such individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that it is particularly important for pregnant women and over-50s to be vaccinated.

The cost of a vaccination is $20, and it is covered by Medicare (Part B), but individuals must have their Medicare card with them. Those enrolled in a HMO must pay at time of service. Medicaid is not accepted. A discount is given to employees of the Clifton Board of Education; if they bring identification with them their shot will only cost $15.

Most local health departments contract with brochure printers to supply literature to address the safety concerns and benefits associated with the vaccine.