WESTAMPTON, NJ -- With the coronavirus pandemic still active and the start of the seasonal flu season fast approaching, Burlington County health officials are stressing the importance for all residents to obtain a seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible.

The County Health Department will again offer seasonal flu vaccines to county residents every Thursday starting on September 24 through January at clinics throughout the county. Adult drive through clinics will be held for adults and teenagers 13 years or older. Children’s clinics will be for children age 6 months to 12 years old.

Signed consent forms will be required and residents are encouraged to print out and bring the completed form with them to the clinics. The form is available online HERE.

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While the flu vaccine will not protect residents from COVID-19, Health Department officials said it is more important than ever for people to get their flu shots this year due to the outbreak remaining active and overlapping with the seasonal flu and the danger that some residents could become infected with both.

The flu vaccine reduces risk of illness but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths. Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during the still ongoing pandemic.

“While not as deadly or transmissible as COVID-19, influenza still sends at least 100,000 people to the hospital each year,” said Health Department Director Dr. Herbert Conaway. “Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during this pandemic.”

Dr. Conaway is also a State Assemblyman, representing Bordentown and Fieldsboro in the Legislature, and serves as the Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. He recently introduced legislation that would make it mandatory for all students in public and private schools, child care centers and higher education institutions to be vaccinated annually for influenza as a condition of enrollment and continued attendance. 

Those 65 years and older, children under two, and those with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu, but an annual seasonal flu shot is recommended for all residents aged six months and older by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the vaccine to provide full protection against the flu, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body. Getting vaccinated early in the fall helps to reduce the chances residents may get the flu before the vaccine is able to provide full protection.

The County Health Department accepts Medicare Part “B” to cover the cost for the seasonal flu vaccines. A donation of $15 for seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by those not covered by Medicare if residents can afford it. 

The schedule for all county residents is listed below. Children can only be vaccinated at children’s clinics.

  • September 24 from 9am to 11am- Burlington County Mosquito Commission (42 E. Greenbush Road, Bass River)
  • October 1 from 9am to 11am- Florence Municipal Garage (875 Summer Street, Florence)
  • October 1 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • October 8 from 9am to 11am- Tabernacle Fire Station #76 (Hawkins Road & Route 206, Tabernacle)
  • October 15 from 9am to 11am- Moorestown Public Works Facility (601 E. Third Street, Moorestown)
  • October 15 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • October 22 from 9am to 11am- Medford Fire Station (1 Firehouse Lane, Medford)
  • October 29 from 9am to 11am- Willingboro Fire Station #398 (Charlestown Road & JFK Way, Willingboro)
  • October 29 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • November 5 from 9am to 11am- Browns Mills Fire Station/Community Center (703 New York Road, Browns Mills)
  • November 19 from 9am to 11am- Lumberton Fire Station #34 (Municipal Drive, Lumberton)
  • November 19 from to 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • December 3 from 9am to 11am- Emergency Services Training Center (53 Academy Drive, Westampton)
  • December 3 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • December 10 from 9am to 11am- Emergency Services Training Center (53 Academy Drive, Westampton)
  • Devember 10 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • December 17 from 9am to 11am- Emergency Services Training Center (53 Academy Drive, Westampton)
  • December 17 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • January 5 from 9am to 11am (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • January 5 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)
  • January 14 from 9am to 11am- Emergency Services Training Center (53 Academy Drive, Westampton)
  • January 14 from 2pm to 4pm (CHILD'S CLINIC)- Burlington County Health Department (15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton)

 

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