NEWS RELEASE
Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders

94 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079

October 7, 2004

Contact: Robin Priggemeier, County Health Department
(856) 935-7510 x8305

NO COUNTY FLU CLINICS THIS SEASON

Flu Fact Sheet (pdf file)

The Salem County Health Department reported today that they are not expecting the delivery of any flu vaccine this flu season. The U.S. vaccine supply this year will be only half of that was expected, making this flu season a challenge. "Due to the shortage in vaccine, it is important that we all work together to ensure that those who are at the highest risk for flu related problems are protected this flu season", stated Herb Roeschke, Health Officer of the Salem County Health Department.

Individuals who are at low risk for complications due to the flu are encouraged to do without the flu vaccination this year. This will allow for availability of the flu vaccine to those who are at high risk for flu related problems. High risk groups who are a priority for the flu vaccine include:

All children ages 6-23 months

Adults age 65 and over

Individuals age 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions

All women who will be pregnant during the flu season

Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities

Children 6 months-18 years of age who are on chronic aspirin therapy

Healthcare workers with direct patient care

Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children age 6 months and younger

The flu vaccination is not the only way to prevent the flu. Everyone can help prevent the flu by doing the following:

Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

Use tissues to contain secretions from the nose

Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing

If you are sick stay home

In New Jersey, the flu generally occurs any time between October and early April. However, the flu season usually hits the highest point in January and February.

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