WOODBURY — Robert Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes have a clear message for residents. Get your shot.
Gloucester County Freeholders have again scheduled 36 open influenza clinics to keep residents healthy this flu season. The county-run clinics begin on Oct. 2.
Clinics are scheduled in every community, with 11 held during the evenings and four on Saturdays so that busy families can take advantage of this free program. There are no out-of-pocket costs for a flu shot from the county.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone, starting at age 6 months, with only a few exceptions for people with rare health conditions.
Barnes said that the popular Drive-Thru clinics will be held again this year and so will Daycare/Preschool/Family clinics to accommodate those with younger children.
The vaccine viruses are chosen to maximize the likelihood that the influenza vaccine will protect against the viruses most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains the following three viruses: Influenza type A (H1N1), Influenza type A (H3N2), and Influenza type B (Massachusetts/2/2012-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus).
Flu shots are available to County residents only and proof of residency is required.
Drive-Thru clinics have been scheduled to accommodate those citizens that have difficulty walking or standing in lines
Complete a blank Flu Consent Form in advance to bring to a clinic of your choice, which is available online at www.gloucestercountynj.gov. Blank Flu Consent Forms will also be made available at all clinic sites. If you fill out a form on site, we encourage you to bring return address labels to the flu shot clinic to help speed up your visit.
Children and the flu shot: residents should not send a child with a family member who is not their legal guardian. Children ages 6 months-18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Children under the age of 9 years receiving flu immunization for the first time need two shots. The second shot should be given one month after the first shot.
Preschool children attending a licensed day care facility must have received their flu immunization before Dec. 31 to be allowed to attend daycare in 2014. Special “Daycare/Preschool/Family” clinics have been included for this population.
Some people should check with a doctor before taking flu vaccine including persons on immunosuppressive therapy (cancer treatment or steroid therapy), and those with a fever or who have been ill with something more serious than a cold in the last 48 hours.
For additional information or questions call (856) 218-4101 or visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov .
2013 Flu Shot Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 9: 9 to 11 a.m., Incarnation Church 240 Main St., Mantua.
Thursday, Oct. 10: 4 to 6 p.m., Woodbury Heights Elementary School, 100 Academy Ave., Woodbury Heights.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Drive- Thru; 9 to 11 a.m., Clayton County Complex, 1200 N. Delsea Dr. Clayton.
Tuesday, Oct. 15: 4 to 6 p.m., Logan Municipal Building, 125 Main Street Bridgeport.
Thursday, Oct. 17: 4 to 6 p.m., Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic,
Paulsboro Health Department, 1000 Delaware Street Paulsboro.
Monday, Oct. 21: Drive-Thru; 9 to 11 a.m., Regal Theater, 151 American Blvd. Turnersville.
Monday, Oct. 21: 4 to 6 p.m., MHealth Department Daycare/Preschool/Family Clinic, 204 East Holly Ave., Sewell.
Thursday, Oct. 24: 4 to 6 p.m., Parkview School, 101 Birch St., Westville.
Friday, Oct. 25: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cedar Grove Club, 1-A Whippoorwill Way, Mantua.
Saturday, Oct. 26: 9 to 11 a.m., Paulsboro High School, 662 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro.
Monday, Oct. 28: 10 to 11 a.m., National Park Fire Hall, Hessian and Grove Rd., National Park
Monday, Oct. 28: 4 to 6 p.m., Woodbury High School, 25 N. Broad St., Woodbury.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Pitman United Methodist Church, 758 N. Broadway, Pitman.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: 6 to 8 p.m., Chestnut Ridge School, 641 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd., Sewell.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mary Mother of Mercy (OLOL), 500 Greentree Rd., Glassboro.
Friday, Nov. 1: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bethesda Methodist Church, 1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 9 to 11 a.m., Fire Training Center, Shady Lane and County House Rd., Clarksboro.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Gloucester County Library, Wolfert Station Rd. Mullica Hill.
Monday, Nov. 4: 9 to 11 a.m., Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 Riverwinds Dr., Thorofare.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: 10 to 11 a.m., Elk Township Municipal Building, 667 Whig Lane, Monroeville.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: 1 to 2 p.m., Holy Nativity Church, 3 Lenape Trail, Wenonah.
Thursday, Nov. 7: 10 to 11 a.m., South Harrison Municipal Building, 664 Harrisonville Rd., Harrisonville.
Thursday, Nov. 7: 1 to 2 p.m., Newfield Municipal Building, 18 Catawba Ave., Newfield.
Friday, Nov. 8: 10 to 11 a.m., Gibbstown Library 411 Swedesboro Rd., Gibbstown.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: 10 a.m. 11 a.m., Glassboro Senior Center, 152 S. Delsea Dr., Glassboro.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: 2 to 4 p.m., The Free Public Library of Monroe Twp.,713 Marsha Ave., Williamstown.
Wednesday, Nov. 13: 6 to 8 p.m., Woolwich Municipal, 120 Village Green Dr., Woolwich.
Thursday, Nov. 14: 12 to 1 p.m., Deptford Senior Center, 1341 Tanyard Rd., Deptford.
Friday, Nov. 15: 9 to 10 a.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 351 Delsea Dr., Clayton.
Friday, Nov. 15:1 to 2 p.m., Franklin Twp. Community Center, 1548 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville.
Monday, Nov. 18: Daycare/Preschool/Family Preschool Family Clinic, 4 to 6 p.m., Health Department, 204 E. Holly Ave., Sewell.
Thursday, Dec. 5: 1 to 3 p.m., Health Department, 204 East Holly Ave., Sewell.
Monday, Dec. 9: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Health Department, 204 E. Holly Ave., Sewell.
Monday, Dec. 16: 4 to 6 p.m., Health Department, 204 E. Holly Ave., Sewell.
Monday, Dec. 30: 1 to 3 p.m., Health Department, 204 E. Holly Ave., Sewell.