Influenza Information

 
                  

 

 

CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.  CDC recommends prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs for people who are very sick with flu and people who are at high risk of flu complications who get flu.

Inactivated Influenza VIS
Influenza Vaccine information Statement

 

Long Beach Island Health Department Flu Shot Clinics

 

 

Friday, October 20th LBI Health Department Office 10-3
Friday, October 27th LBI Health Department Office 10-3
Friday, November 3rd LBI Health Department Office 10-3

 

 

 

 

 

Regular and High dose (65+) available

Flu shots are free if enrolled in non HMO Medicare Part B

All others $25, Cash or Check accepted

 

Minors 5 years of age and older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

 

 

 

 

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu–related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu–related complications.

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 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 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

 

 


Helpful Information

 

Vaccine Requirements for Child Care and Preschool in New Jersey 
 

 

Antiviral Drugs
Medications are available by prescription for the prevention (usually in the event of an outbreak) and treatment (within 2 days of onset of symptoms) of the flu in individuals 1 year of age and older. Your doctor will help decide whether you should get antivirals and which one you should get.

 

 

 

Good Health Habits

 

Vaccination is Not the Only Way to Help Prevent the Flu
These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you from getting sick:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water, and eating good food, will help you stay healthy in the winter and all year.

Source: Centers for Disease Control