It's coming, fever, coughing, sore throats, runny noses, muscle, and body aches, also known as flu season. The county is trying to do something about it with its "drive-thru flu shot clinic.
Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison, recently announced a "drive-thru flu-shot shot clinic" which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
"While it’s not possible to predict 100 percent what this year’s flu season will bring, it is recommended that you protect yourself against the main flu strains each season by getting a flu shot," the Board of Chosen Freeholders said in a statement. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, as this is the time when influenza activity often begins to increase."
Adult residents aged 18 and over can take advantage of the drive-thru for $5, and emergency responders can get shots for free. The county is also providing free shots to seniors over 65.
According to officials, "some people can develop complications from the flu which could be life-threatening and result in hospitalization or death."
Officials say, the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year, but be sure to practice good health habits, such as handwashing with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and staying home when sick.
The flu clinic is being sponsored by the Somerset County Department of Health. For more information and for the most up-to-date flu season information call (908) 231-7155 or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/health
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