Get your annual flu vaccine! The Onondaga County Health Department is now offering the flu vaccine at the Onondaga County Immunization Clinic. This clinic is a walk-in clinic and no appointment is necessary. Vaccines are free for Onondaga County residents, while supplies last. The Onondaga County Immunization Clinic will provide flu vaccines for anyone six (6) months of age and older. The clinic is held weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, in Room 30.
According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine every year is particularly important for persons at high risk for complications from the flu, or for those who have contact with people at high risk. Those include the following:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Children under 9 years of age who have never had a flu vaccine before will need two doses of vaccine. The second vaccine should be given one month after the first vaccine. If your child is under the age of nine, but has had two flu vaccines in the past, even if they were not in the same flu season, only one dose is needed.
Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your health as well as your family, friends, and others. In addition, good hand hygiene and practicing cough etiquette throughout the season will reduce your chance of getting or spreading the flu. Residents who would like more information on Onondaga County Immunization Clinic are encouraged to visit www.ongov.net/health or call 315-435-2000.