The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, reports that all U.S. states but Hawaii continue to report widespread flu activity. The number of states experiencing “high” influenza activity increased from 26 plus New York City to 32 states plus New York City and Puerto Rico. The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks.
Everyday Flu Prevention Tips
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to avoid infecting them.
- If you are sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to obtain medical care or other necessities. Please note, your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the garbage after use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this is how germs are spread.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs such as the flu.
To assist residents in getting vaccinated, the Health Department will be offering flu vaccinations on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Waldwick Health Center, 22 Whites Lane, Waldwick. There is no cost for those who have Medicare Part B. Please bring your Medicare Part B card with you.
The Health Department does NOT accept any insurance except Medicare Part B. Medicare Advantage will not be accepted. If you do not have Medicare Part B, costs are as follows:
- High Dose Vaccine (for those 65+ years and older): $35
- Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine (for those 18+ years and older): $25
- Children ages 3-17 years old will be able to receive a preservative-free shot only with parent or guardian present. If a child between the ages of 3 and 8 is receiving the flu vaccination for the first time ever, he/she will need to receive a second a second vaccination one month after receiving the first. Cost is $25
***If you have additional questions about the flu vaccine, please contact Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission at 201-445-7217. For more information regarding the seasonal flu, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html.