HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health has received the seasonal flu vaccine and has scheduled community clinics for any Columbia County resident 19 years and older who would like a flu shot.
Office for the Aging Senior Picnic Day, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Stuyvesant Falls VFW, 9593 Route 25A, Stuyvesant Falls.
Roe Jan Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 2.
Livingston Nutrition Site, 447 Church Road, Livingston, 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 5.
Philmont Nutrition Site, 93 Main St., Philmont, 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 10
Hudson Nutrition Site, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 11.
Golden Gathering, for seniors only, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson.
New Lebanon Town Hall, Route 22, New Lebanon, 1:45-2:45 p.m. Oct. 17.
The Health Department will accept the following insurance plans as long as they are the primary and not supplemental plans: Blue Shield, CDPHP, Fidelis, Medicare Part B, MVP. Other Senior Plans may be billed including some Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans. It is recommended that you call the health department before attending the clinic for verification that your insurance will cover the cost.
Individuals must bring their cards to the clinics for verification.
All others are expected to pay a fee between $41 and $42 for the flu vaccine. Cash or checks accepted. No debit or credit cards.
Children 6 months to 18 years will be offered the flu vaccine by appointment at the regularly scheduled Immunization clinic 1-3:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Columbia County Health Department, 325 Columbia St., Hudson on the 1st floor. An evening Immunization clinic is also available 4-6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Both clinics are by appointment only.
There are now two Pneumonia Vaccines available to individuals 65 and older, Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13. The criteria to determine which vaccine an individual may need are complex. In order to give each individual adequate attention, pneumonia vaccines will ONLY be available at the regularly scheduled Immunization clinics by appointment.
Talk to your doctor before getting the flu shot if you ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous flu shot, or have a history of Guillian-Barre Syndrome.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Health Department at 518-828-3358. A clinic schedule can also be found on the Columbia County Health Department website at www.columbiacountyny.com. Just click on the Health button.