Sept. 30, 2022
The Oswego County Well being Division introduced that 5 Oswego County residents have been identified with laboratory confirmed flu up to now this season. 4 of these identified are youngsters.
“Flu season is at all times unpredictable, however now that we have now seen circumstances throughout the county, it’s essential to get vaccinated in opposition to influenza,” said Jodi Martin, director of preventive companies for the Oswego County Well being Division. “It’s beneficial that everybody 6 months of age and older get vaccinated.”
The Oswego County Well being Division will provide flu clinics from 9/11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. each Monday and Friday starting Monday Oct. 3. The clinics shall be walk-in solely and provide vaccines for folks ages 6 months and older.
The price of the vaccine ranges from $38 to $81 relying on vaccine kind and are coated by most insurances. The well being division accepts the next insurances: UMR POMCO Choose, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fidelis, United HealthCare Group Plan, United Healthcare Medicare benefit plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. Folks with insurances aside from these listed might need to pay out of pocket and submit a receipt to their insurer for reimbursement. Nobody is turned away because of the lack of ability to pay.
Nasal flu vaccines shall be obtainable for folks aged 2 to 49 years and high-dose flu vaccine shall be obtainable for these ages 65 years and above. Because the Oswego County Well being Division continues to obtain provides of flu vaccine, please name to test for the supply of high-dose and nasal vaccines earlier than coming in.
Flu signs normally come on immediately. Individuals who have flu typically really feel some or all these signs: fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nostril, muscle or physique aches, complications and fatigue.
Most individuals who get flu will get well in just a few days to lower than two weeks, however some folks will develop issues akin to pneumonia, a few of which will be life-threatening and end in dying.
The well being division recommends one of the best methods for folks to guard themselves and their households from influenza is to:
- Take time to get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated in opposition to the flu is the primary and most essential step folks can take to guard themselves and the folks near them.
- Take motion to stop the unfold of germs. Frequent handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, masking coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, staying house when sick and avoiding contact with these which can be sick will help cease the unfold of germs.
- Take antiviral flu remedy as prescribed by a physician. These medicines will help make signs milder or shorten the length of sickness. They work greatest if began inside two days of getting sick.