HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -The Somerset County Department of Health is sponsoring a drive-through flu shot clinic at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m.- noon.
Shots are free to any Somerset County resident 18 and older. Short sleeves are preferred..
Sat. Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Somerset Patriots Stadium, located at 860 East Main St., Bridgewater, NJ 08807. The free clinic, which is open to residents age 18 and above, will be located in the parking lot to the left of the stadium, adjacent to the train station. Please wear short sleeves.
A second clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium by the NJ Transit train station.
More than 80,000 people died from the flu last season in the United States, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 180 of these deaths were children – that is a record-breaking death toll – the highest since the late 1970s, according to the CDC.
Flu deaths in 2017-2018 were nearly 10,000 higher than the estimated number of people who died from drug overdoses, and almost double the number of those estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes. The CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in up to 35.6 million illnesses, as high as 710,000 hospitalizations, and almost 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.
Skipping a flu vaccination is risky since the flu is highly contagious, but it is vaccine-preventable. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot, not only to reduce the risk of becoming ill, but also to prevent spreading the flu to others.
For more information and for up-to-date flu season information, call (908) 231-7155 or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/health .