HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township's Health Department and Green Brook Family Practice will sponsor  the 2020 flu vaccinations for residents on Thursday, Sept. 24th at the Peter J. Biondi Hillsborough Township Municipal Building.

Senior Citizens and high risk individuals with chronic conditions will only be admitted from 1:30-3:30pm, and all other residents, ages 6 months and up, will be admitted from 3:30-6:30pm. There will be Senior vaccinations available, as well as vaccines without preservatives.

The cost is $30 or accepted insurance. Green Brook Family Medicine accepts most major insurance plans except for HMO's . Please bring all insurance cards to the clinic especially if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan. A list of currently accepted insurance plans is posted on Green Brook Family Medicine's website at https://www.greenbrookfamilymedicine.com/portal/become-an-green-brook-family-medicine-patient/current-insurance-plans/default.aspx.

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To attend the clinic, you must  wear a mask or facial covering and bring your Medicare or Insurance card. You can fill out the registration form ahead of time, and bring it with you to save time. You can print out a copy of the registration form from the Hillsborough website: www.hillsborough-nj.org, under the “disease prevention” section on the health department site and then click on “flu”, or click here: 2020 Influenza Vaccine Administration Checklist

Please make sure that you wear a mask or facial covering, and that you wear a short sleeved shirt or shirt that can be easily rolled up past the shoulder. Social distancing measures will be in place while you are at the clinic.  

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that your body is strong and can fight disease. Eating right, drinking fluids, washing hands, and covering coughs are all essential ingredients. Getting a flu vaccination helps to prevent the damage that flu can do to the body, which weakens the immune system, and allows other bacteria and viruses to thrive.

It’s more important than ever to be sure that you have protection against the flu. You may have heard that the flu vaccination gives you the flu, but it is a killed vaccine, and cannot attack your body. What may happen is an immune reaction; your body reacts to the possible intruder, and it is getting ready for a real attack.

You also may have heard that the flu vaccine is not effective. However, each year it prevents thousands of hospitalizations and deaths. When the population is immunized, the fight is easier - with herd immunity. This protects those who are vulnerable to serious illness and can’t be vaccinated. It is so important, especially during this pandemic, to get a flu shot.