“National Influenza Vaccination Week will be recognized the week of December 7 – 13, 2014,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Seasonal influenza immunization is an important aspect of preventive medicine, appropriate for people 6 months of age and older. Despite the availability of safe and effective influenza vaccines, cases of vaccine-preventable disease continue to occur throughout this country.”
The Ocean County Health Department reminds residents to spread the word about the importance of getting the seasonal influenza vaccination. “Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator, reminds everyone that it is not too late to get their flu shot and it is better to start the New Year in good health than with the flu. The rate of seasonal influenza activity peaks between January and March, so vaccination efforts should continue through February. It takes about one to two weeks to build immunity after receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine.”
Regenye continued, “Every year, an estimated 36,000 individuals die from influenza-related illnesses, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized nationwide. Rates of serious illness and death are highest among persons older than 65 years of age and persons of any age who have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for complications from seasonal influenza.”
The Ocean County Health Department encourages everyone to protect themselves, their families and their community. For more information on flu vaccinations and flu shot sites, call 732-341-9700, ext. 7515. You can also visit the Health Department’s website at www.ochd.org to get an updated list of flu/pneu clinics.