Flu shots available by appointment
County Health Department has three locations
The Monmouth County Health Department is continuing its efforts to limit the effects of the 2010-11 seasonal flu season by offering seasonal flu shots, by appointment, to county residents at its community health facilities in Asbury Park, Freehold and Hazlet.
To make an appointment, call the Monmouth County Health Department at 732-431-7456. You can schedule an appointment at the Hispanic Affairs Center, 913 Sewall Ave. in Asbury Park, the Monmouth County Health Department, 3435 Highway 9 in Freehold or at the Hazlet Township Municipal Building, 1766 Union Ave in Hazlet. Available dates and times vary by location.
“Generally speaking, anyone over six months of age can receive the seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, liaison to the county Health Department. “We strongly urge anyone at risk of flu-related complications to get the seasonal vaccine from the county Health Department or your health care provider.”
Individuals living in towns covered by the county’s Health Department can get both a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine at a reduced rate.
Residents of member towns will pay $20 for the seasonal influenza vaccine and $5 for the pneumonia vaccine. Individuals who reside in non-member towns are also eligible to receive a flu shot from the county Health Department at a cost of $30 for the seasonal influenza vaccine and $15 for pneumonia vaccine.
As always, the vaccines are free to seniors with Medicare Part B. The county Health Department does not accept or bill insurance companies, but will provide a receipt suitable for submission to a health insurance company.
Residents living in the following towns are covered by the Monmouth County Health Department: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Neptune, Neptune City, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt and Union Beach.
Individuals who should not receive the influenza vaccine are:
- those with an allergy to eggs and egg proteins
- anyone with a previous life threatening reaction to a flu vaccine
- individuals with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
Clinic participants will be screened by a registered nurse regarding risk factors and educated about the vaccine. A parent or guardian must sign a vaccine consent form for children six months to 18 years of age. Also, only individuals over 18 years of age may receive the pneumonia vaccine.
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 considered for 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 another busy flu season,” said Michael A. Meddis, Monmouth County’s public health coordinator. “We are continuing to work with local health partners to monitor the seasonal influenza and other public health concerns.”
“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.”
The Monmouth County Health Department held its annual seasonal flu shot clinics in member municiaplites during October and November.
2010 Monmouth County Health Dept. Seasonal Influenza Vaccine fees
Influenza vaccine Pneumonia vaccine
Residents of member towns $20 $5
Residents of non-member towns $30 $15
Seniors with Medicare Part B $0 $0
For informational videos on how to prevent the spread of influenza, please check the following links:
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Page Last Updated: 12/6/2010 9:42:00 AM