INFLUENZA LEVELS CONTINUE TO RISE, FLU VACCINES ARE STILL AVAILABLE!
Flu levels are continuing to rise week by week, with 15,753 laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported to the New York State Department of Health, and 2,349 New Yorkers hospitalized with confirmed influenza, these numbers are again the highest weekly numbers in both categories since reporting began in 2004 and exceed last week's record high 11,683 confirmed cases and 2,221 hospitalizations.
In Sullivan County, as of 2/13/18, flu surveillance conducted by Public Health Services with area health care providers revealed 383 probable cases (positive rapid tests) and 254 lab confirmed cases, for a total of 637 influenza cases. Flu season may not have peaked yet, and it is not too late to protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot.
Governor Cuomo Press Release 2/8/18
If you have not received your flu vaccine yet please call our office at 845-292-5910. We have vaccines available and will be happy to schedule you a time to come in between the hours of 9 am and 5pm!
The Campaign to ImmuNYze all New Yorkers
Because of the rising number of flu cases, Sullivan County Public Health Services will be offering free flu vaccinations by appointment between the hours of 9 am and 5pm at its clinic: 50 Community Lane, Liberty, NY 12754. We are also scheduling outreach clinics throughout the county upon request if there is enough need. Call 845-292-5910 x 0 to schedule an appointment.
You can also call your health care provider or go to www.vaccinefinder.org to find a pharmacy near you.
Be WISE, IMMUNIZE. Protect yourself and others near you, especially those with weakened immune systems and chronic conditions.
How can I Help Prevent the Spread of the Flu?
Vaccinate! Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to prevent illness for both yourself and others.
You can also practice good habits to help prevent the spread of the flu:
Limit Contact! Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible so that you don’t infect someone else.
Stay Home! Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without using fever-reducing medicine.
Don’t Touch! Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Use Those Tissues! Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, don’t sneeze into your hands! Sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
Wash! Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Clean it Up! Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Pay Attention to Public Health Officials! If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
For more information, please go to: www.cdc.gov/flu
Our Immunization program helps minimize the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases and increases rates of completed immunizations in pre-school age children by making clinics accessible and affordable to parents and/or caregivers. Sullivan County Public Health Services is now providing one immunization clinic which is held on the second Wednesday of every month from 5pm to 7pm. Currently, immunizations will only be available during the monthly clinic hours. If this changes, we will provide updated information. Please call us at (845) 292-5910, ext. 0 for more information.
For those who are uninsured and or under- insured we provide a sliding scale. Please bring in proof of insurance and immunization records for your child. Children under age 19 and college students are also welcome.
Childhood Diseases are Preventable
Visit the Immunization FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.In addition, check the Fact Sheet on Vaccine-Preventable Childhood Diseases for a better idea as to what it is you are protecting your child against.
- The major childhood diseases are dangerous and can br crippling or even deadly. But they can be prevented with a complete series of immunizations.
- Start at birth and continue to follow the schedule provide in the table below.
- Bring your child's official immunization card to every visit with a health care provider or WIC center.
- If you have children 5 years of age or younger, ask your doctor if they should be screened for lead poisoning.
New York State
RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE
for children and adolescents
For additional information and fact sheets on immunizations, please visit the following sites:
New York State Department of Health
Vaccine Safety and the Importance of Immunizations
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization website
New York State Department of Health Seasonal Influenza website
Immunization Action Coalition: vaccine education and resources for professionals