SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH) will be host flu clinics in October for adults age 18 and older.

Vaccinations will be administered on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6- 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Tarantino Promenade located at 110 Rehill Ave.

A flu shot is $25 by cash or check or free with a Medicare Part B card. Pre-registration is not required, and participants will be seen on a first-come first-served basis.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Getting a flu shot is especially important if you are over the age of 65, have a chronic health condition that can be aggravated by the flu, are around infants less than six months of age and/ or are around individuals with a chronic condition or compromised immune system.

“The CDC recommends that for the 2016 - 2017 flu only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) should be used and nasal spray flu vaccines should not be used,” said Serena Collado, director, Community Health, RWJUH/Somerset. “The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Our two flu vaccination events provide the community with an opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones and to help prevent the virus from spreading.”