1/17/2013 - Hamilton Announces 2 Free Flu Immunization Clinics For Township Residents

 

Hamilton Announces 2 Free Flu Immunization Clinics For Township Residents

 

With the current continuous and widespread activity of the flu across the state and country, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede and Hamilton’s Division of Health want to help township residents take precautions against contracting the seasonal flu.

 

Hamilton Township will hold the following upcoming immunization clinics, which are free for residents:

 

Day                 Date               Location                               Address                    Time  

 

Tuesday         January 29     Hamilton Public Library       1 Samuel Alito Way    5 pm – 7 pm

                                                (Lower Level)           

 

Tuesday         February 5     Nottingham Fire Company 200 Mercer Street       5 pm – 7 pm

 

As a courtesy, the clinics are open to Township residents only and proof of residency is required.  Children six months and older may attend these clinics, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

 

Flu vaccines are also available for homebound residents and can be scheduled by contacting the Township’s Division of Health directly at (609) 890-3884 for an appointment.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that this year’s flu vaccine is a very good match for the strains of flu that are circulating.  According to early CDC data, individuals receiving vaccinations have been 62% less likely to visit a doctor due to the flu.

 

“Residents looking to avoid the flu, and especially those with chronic health conditions or factors that might make contracting the flu even more dangerous, should strongly consider attending one of our two upcoming immunization clinics,” urges Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede.  “Through vaccinations and other preventative health steps, our community can help reduce the spread of the flu.”

While the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year, it may be especially important for individuals with greater susceptibility to serious flu-related complications, such as residents with chronic health or specific medical conditions (asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes or HIV), certain age groups (children under the age of 5 -- especially younger than 2 -- residents 65 years of age or older) and pregnant women.

Other steps that residents can take to prevent the spread of germs include washing hands frequently, covering mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing, and staying home (from work/school/public gatherings) when sick.  The New Jersey Department of Health also recommends that those who contract the flu stay home for at least 24 hours after fever symptoms subside – except if traveling to get medical care.