HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A drive-through flu shot clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, from 9 a.m.-noon for those 18 and older..
The cost for the flu shot is $5 for the general public and free for emergency and first responders, with proper identification, according to Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison
"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," Walsh said.
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. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, according to Walsh.
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and a runny nose that can affect you for days or weeks. A big concern is that some people can develop complications from the flu which could be life-threatening and result in hospitalization or death.
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 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