11/14/2011 - Annual Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program
November 14, 2011


It’s not too late! The Hackensack Department of Health reminds all residents to get a flu shot. Flu vaccinations not only protect you, but they prevent you from giving the flu to those around you especially those under 6 months of age who are too young to receive a flu vaccination. Low cost ($10) and no cost (depending on insurance status) flu shots are available at the Health Department for children 6 months of age and older as well as adults.
Every year on average in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from flu. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

Residents are always encouraged to use universal respiratory precautions to help prevent illness. That means people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash their hands often and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.

Other precautions include staying home from school or work when sick, and avoiding close contact with people who are ill to reduce the spread of the flu.

Those over the age of 65 and high-risk individuals should also get a pneumococcal vaccination from their health care provider to prevent this type of pneumonia, if they have not previously had this vaccine. The majority of deaths during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 were not caused by the influenza virus acting alone, report researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Instead, most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.

Fees are $10 for influenza and $20 for pneumonia. There is no direct charge to senior citizens who have current Medicare Part B coverage and do not participate in a managed care / HMO health care plan. Seniors who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician. Depending on insurance status some children and adults may qualify for free vaccines.

Call Public Health Nurse Shelly Fierman at 201-646-3964 for an appointments.