BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Seasonal flu infections can begin as early as October and can continue as late as May. The flu is a vaccine-preventable, contagious, respiratory illness caused by a virus and is characterized by sudden onset with fever, headache, aches, chills and extreme exhaustion. 

The Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled six dates for seasonal flu shot clinics in October.  All vaccine used at the BTHD clinics is quadrivalent which means that it protects against four viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. All clinics are open to those 4 years old through adults and appointments are not required. Five clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.They will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at St. James Church, 184 S. Finley Ave. in Basking RidgeThursday, October 12th, at the Mendham Area Senior Housing (MASH) located at One Heritage Drive in Mendham; Wednesday, October 18th in the Long Hill Township Town Hall located at 915 Valley Rd in GilletteFriday, October 20th at the Peapack-Gladstone Municipal Building, 1 School St. in Peapack; and Saturday, October 21th at the Bernards Township Community Center, 289 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. The sixth clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 24th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Bernards Township Community Center, 289 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The cost of the flu shot is $25 for residents and $35 for non-residents. There is no charge for those with a valid Medicare Part B card. Participants should consult with their doctor before receiving the flu vaccine. Clinical services are provided by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills. For additional information, call (908) 204-2520.

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New Jersey law requires that children up to 59 months of age attending any licensed child-care center or pre-school facility, must receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1st and December 31st of each year.  To assist parents in obtaining this vaccination for their pre-school child, the Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled our Seasonal Flu Shot clinics to include children who are age 4 and older in addition to administering flu shots to adults.

The Bernards Township Health Department is the contractual health agency serving Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, and Peapack and Gladstone Borough.  For more information, visit: http://www.bernardshealth.org/SeasonalFlu.aspx