September 30, 2022
The Oswego County Health Department announced that five Oswego County residents have been diagnosed with lab-confirmed influenza so far this season. Four of those diagnosed are children.
“Flu season is always unpredictable, but now that we’ve seen cases in the county, it’s important to get your flu shot,” said Jodi Martin, director of preventive services for the county health department. ‘Oswego. “It is recommended that anyone aged 6 months and over gets vaccinated.”
The Oswego County Health Department will be offering flu clinics from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday and Friday beginning Monday, October 3. Clinics will be walk-in only and will offer vaccinations to people 6 months and older.
The cost of the vaccine ranges from $38 to $81 depending on the type of vaccine and is covered by most insurances. The health service accepts the following insurances: UMR POMCO Select, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fidelis, United HealthCare Community Plan, United Healthcare Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid and Medicare. People with insurance other than those listed may have to pay out of pocket and present a receipt to their insurer for reimbursement. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Nasal flu vaccines will be available for people aged 2 to 49 and the high-dose flu vaccine will be available for people aged 65 and over. As the Oswego County Health Department continues to receive flu shots, please call to verify availability of high-dose and nasal shots before coming.
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who have the flu often experience some or all of these symptoms: fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and fatigue.
Most people who catch the flu recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications such as pneumonia, some of which can be fatal and lead to death.
The Department of Health recommends that the best ways to protect themselves and their families from the flu are to:
- Take the time to get your flu shot. Getting the flu shot is the first and most important step people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
- Take steps to prevent the spread of germs. Washing your hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, staying home when sick, and avoiding contact with sick people can help stop the spread of germs.
- Take antiviral flu medications as prescribed by a doctor. These drugs can help ease symptoms or shorten the duration of illness. They work best if started within two days of illness.
For more information on flu or vaccination clinics, visit the Oswego County Health Department website at www. https://health.oswegocounty.com/ or call 315-349-3547.