Department of Health

Immunization Program

 

 

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

NYSDOH Influenza home page

Did you know that…

  • Influenza (flu), is a severe respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to death.
  • Each year in the US on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations and over 23,600 deaths.
  • Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation's eighth leading cause of death.

Did you know that…

  • YOU can STOP the spread and protect yourself, family, friends, patients... by  getting  vaccinated


Flu shots are $25.00 and pneumonia shots are $93.00. Those with Medicare Part B are asked to bring their Medicare cards.


Appointments are preferred but not required. To register on-line please go to our website at www.otsegocounty.com and click on the immunization pre-registration button and choose the seasonal influenza tab. Walk-ins are welcome.

If you have any questions please contact the Department of Health at 547-4230.

 

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

You can also schedule an appointment at our regular 2014 Immunization Clinics.  2014 Immunization Schedule

Immunization

Vaccines are among the 20th century's most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like polio that were once common, are now only distant memories for most Americans. Today, there are few visible reminders of the suffering, injuries, and deaths caused by diseases that are now prevented with vaccines. At present, there are vaccines available to protect children and adults against at least fifteen (15) life-threatening or crippling diseases.

Immunizations are for people of all ages. From newborns to senior citizens, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways for people to protect themselves and others from serious diseases. Adults need to make certain they have received all of their childhood vaccinations and stay up-to-date with the vaccinations that are recommended for adults. All college students attending school in New York State are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella. It is also recommended that first year college students living in dormitories be immunized against meningitis. Travelers to foreign countries may need additional vaccines where diseases exist that are not common in the U.S., such as typhoid fever and yellow fever.

The New York State Department of Health Immunization Program's goal is to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure children and adults receive the vaccines they need. The program assures:

  • All children have access to vaccines;
  • Health care providers are aware of immunization standards of practice;
  • The latest recommendations on new vaccines are available to providers; and
  • Providers and the public have up-to-date answers to vaccine questions.

On October 1, 1988, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines. The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines. The U. S. Court of Federal Claims decides who will be paid. Three Federal government offices have a role in the VICP:

  • the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
  • the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and
  • the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the Court).

The VICP is located in the HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation.  Click below to go to this site.

http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/

 

For Instructions for the use of Vaccine Information Sheets please click on the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-Instructions.pdf

More Information on the following topics go to: www.nyhealth.gov/prevention/immunization

  • Why Vaccinate?
  • How do Vaccines Work?
  • Who Needs to be Vaccinated?
  • Vaccine Safety
  • Vaccine Supply and Storage
  • Locating Immunization Records
  • New York State Vaccines for Children Program
  • Vaccine Research and Development
  • Frequently Requested Materials
  • Related Links
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week
For more information click on the following links
Immunization Coordinator:

Margaret A. Benjamin RN

benjaminm@otsegocounty.com

Ann Wright LPN

wrighta@otsegocounty.com

Office hours:      

           9:00 - 5:00

Summer hours: 

           9:00 - 4:00

          (July - August) 

Phone: 607-547-4231

Fax:        607-547-4385

Do vaccines cause chronic illnesses?

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

 

Diseases and Vaccine Related Videos

Why you should immunize your children.

 

Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear Video