There is a $15 fee for flu shots. Pneumonia shots will also be available to eligible residents 65 years and older for $25. Payments are by cash or check only.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for either shot for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination.
As an added convenience, residents may schedule a flu shot appointment online at www.aclink.org. Appointments are not required and walk-ins will continue to be welcome at all locations.
"Most residents receive their flu shot within 15 minutes of arrival at our clinics, however, we appreciate the value of people's time,” said Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. “By offering appointments we may attract those who might not otherwise find the time for a flu shot," explained
Flu season can be as unpredictable as the virus, but the highest number of cases is typically reported between October and April.
The 2013-‘14 vaccine will protect against three influenza virus strains that research indicates will be most prevalent during the season: influenza B, influenza A (H1N1), and influenza A (H3N2).
"Studies indicate that immunity declines over time so an annual flu shot is your best protection," said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County public health officer. "Because it may take up to two weeks for the antibodies to develop in your body, the sooner you get a shot, the better."
Flu symptoms may include fever, headaches, extreme fatigue, chest discomfort, cough, muscle aches and pains. Complications from the virus may include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
The effects of influenza are especially concerning to adults over age 50, those with chronic medical conditions, women who will be pregnant during flu season, health care providers and home caregivers who provide direct patient care. These individuals are strongly urged to receive a flu shot.
Parents and guardians of children 6 months to 18 years of age should consult their child's physician.
To further help prevent the spread of the influenza virus, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently and clean commonly shared or frequently touched items. If you contract the flu drink plenty of liquids, get plenty of rest and contact your healthcare provider.
Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic, Adults Only
Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Buena Community Center and Senior Center, 600 Central Ave., Buena. Schedule an Appointment
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Maple and Wabash Ave., Linwood. Schedule an Appointment
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton. Schedule an Appointment
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Brigantine Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave., Brigantine. Schedule an Appointment
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Ave., Absecon. Schedule an Appointment
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Pleasantville Recreation Center, 400 W. Brighton Ave., Pleasantville. Schedule an Appointment
Thursday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave., Egg Harbor Township. Schedule an Appointment
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Atlantic Cape Community College Cafeteria, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Schedule an Appointment
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. Schedule an Appointment
Thursday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Beacon Church, 420 S. 6th Ave., Galloway. Schedule an Appointment
Thursday, Nov. 7. 10 a.m. to noon, Ventnor Educational Community Complex. 400 N. Lafayette Ave., Ventnor. Schedule an Appointment
For additional information see http://www.aclink.org/PublicHealth/clinics/ or call (609) 645-5933.
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