Flu clinics scheduled

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Flu shots for children and families are being offered at clinics throughout Cape May County this month.

While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine. 

The clinics are planned:

  • Oct. 4, 2:45-4:30 p.m.,  Margaret Mace Elementary School at 1201 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood;
  • Oct. 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Woodbine Elementary School at 801 Webster Street, Woodbine;
  • Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m., Glenwood Avenue Elementary School at Glenwood and New York avenues, Wildwood;
  • Oct. 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Church at Second and Atlantic avenues, Ocean City; 
  • Oct. 24, 2-6 p.m., county Department of Health at 6 Moore Road, building No. 17, Cape May Court House.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for those older than 6 months.

Also, the state Department of Health requires that children less than 5 years old who attend daycare or preschool receive a flu shot each year by the end of December. Children who are not vaccinated will not be able to attend school until the end of the flu season, which is estimated at the end of March.

Also, there will be an additional senior flu and pneumonia clinic on Oct.18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the county Department of Health.   

A free drive-through flu clinic for residents 14 years and older will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kindle Autoplaza, which can be accessed at exit 9 off of the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House.

Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas reminds people coming to the drive-through clinic to bring completed consent forms with them.

“It really is a safety issue both for people getting the vaccine and for our staff and volunteers. Since we’re operating a drive-through clinic, it is not safe for people to complete their consent form while they are driving up to the clinic or by pulling off the side of the road,” he said.

The forms are available at the county Department of Health office, at cmchealth.net and in newspapers the week before the drive-through.

Residents are also asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt and leave pets at home. Residents who need assistance with transportation to the drive-through clinic can call Fare Free Transportation at 609-889-3700.

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