Flu shot clinics set

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Influenza “flu” season is coming. Sara Christensen, Supervising Public Health Nurse at Yates County Public Health says the best thing a person can do to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women, young children, and the elderly especially need flu shots because they are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. There are different types of flu vaccines this year and Public Health encourages individuals to talk to their doctor or pharmacist about options. Getting a flu shot earlier in the season gives your immune system time to build up before being exposed to circulating flu viruses.

Flu shots are available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, or a public flu clinic. Those with no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the flu shot, can should visit Yates County Public Health. Public Flu clinics for adults 18 years and older are offered began Sept. 13 and continue:

• Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Dundee American Legion, 10 Spring St., Dundee.

• Friday, Sept. 16, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, 301 East Elm St., Penn Yan.

• Monday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan.

• Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan.

Other steps to prevent the flu are washing your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs, good cough and sneeze habits using a tissue or the bend of your arm, and staying home from work, school, and community events if you are ill. For details, call 315-536-5160 or visit www.yatescountypublichealth.org.