Seasonal influenza (FLU) immunizations will be administered by the Madison

Health Department to Madison, Chatham Township, Springfield and Cranford residents on the following dates and at the following locations:

  

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Tuesday, Oct 16

3:30- 6:00pm

Cranford Community Center

220 Walnut Ave., Cranford

Wednesday, Oct 17

9:00-11:00 am

Madison Civic Center

28 Walnut St., Madison

Wednesday, Oct 17

12:30-2:00 pm

Chisholm Community Center

100 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield

Wednesday, Oct 24

9:00-11:00 am

Madison Civic Center

28 Walnut Street

Madison

Wednesday, Oct 24

1:30-3:00 pm

Chatham Township Senior Center

58 Meyersville Rd. Chatham Twp.

Tuesday, Oct 30

6:00-7:30 pm

Chisholm Community Center

100 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield

No appointments are necessary. The immunizations are free to all, but seniors with a Medicare Part B card are requested to bring it with them. All are reminded to wear short sleeves if possible when they come for their flu shot. Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone over the age of 6 months. According to the CDC, vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months. Everyone is encouraged to receive the 2018-2019 flu vaccine. Most people are ill with flu for only a few days, but some get much sicker and may need to be hospitalized.

The 2018-19 flu vaccine offers protection against A/Michigan, A/Singapore B/Phuket, and B/Maryland, the expected strains of seasonal flu. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot and protection may last for up to one year.Since most influenza occurs from November through May, peaking between December and February, now is the best time to get a flu shot to insure full protection for the whole season. However, vaccinations may be given any time during the flu season. Protect yourself, your family and those in your community by getting your flu vaccine at this year’s clinic.

Any questions may be directed to the Madison Health Department at 973-593-3079 ext.9.