Niagara County Health Department

Influenza(The Flu)

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Supply and demand of the seasonal flu vaccine have been affected by the emergence of H1N1 flu. For seasonal flu vaccine, please check first with your primary care physician.

H1N1 Flu Vaccine

On December 10, 2009, Governor Paterson announced all New Yorkers 6 months and older are now eligible to get the H1N1 vaccine.

For Niagara County residents only, if your physician does not have the vaccine, you may call the Niagara County immunization line at (716) 278-1903. Our staff may refer you to a local scheduled clinic.

Click Here to view School District and Community Flu Clinic Dates and Locations

This web page and the NCDOH flu information line (278-1684) will be updated as information on the availability of H1N1 Flu vaccine for individuals becomes available.

A toll free telephone number has been established by New York State for H1N1 Flu questions. The telephone number is for questions from the general public and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

H1N1 Flu New York State Hotline 800-808-1987

The Niagara County Department of Health is working closely with planning officials, the New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor the H1N1 situation in Niagara County.

H1N1/Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics

WHO SHOULD GET VACCINATED AGAINST H1N1 FLU?
H1N1 vaccination is now recommended for ALL New Yorkers over 6 months of age, not just those in the initial priority groups. This includes senior citizens age 65 and older.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO GET THE H1N1 FLU VACCINE?
Yes. New York State is now making the vaccine available to ALL New Yorkers. During the first phase of New York’s statewide vaccination campaign, when supplies of vaccine were limited, the State designated the H1N1 vaccine for priority groups considered at highest risk of serious illness and complications from the flu and those at risk of transmitting the flu to vulnerable individuals. Now that there is an adequate supply of vaccine, the State has expanded access to the vaccine to ALL New Yorkers.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET VACCINATED!
The H1N1 flu season is far from over. H1N1 flu activity is still widespread in New York State. Typically, the most flu activity occurs from January through March, and the flu season runs until May. Getting vaccinated now will provide protection for you against H1N1 flu for the rest of the season this winter and spring.

THE H1N1 VACCINE IS SAFE.

The H1N1 vaccine will NOT make you sick, but the flu WILL. Like the seasonal flu vaccine, the H1N1 vaccine has a very good safety record. Most people who receive the H1N1 flu don’t experience any symptoms afterwards; some feel a temporary mild soreness in the arm. The nasal spray vaccine is also safe, effective, and easy to use.

PROTECTION FOR THE UNINSURED
Over 70,000 children in Niagara County are between the ages of 0 and 24. Of these, nearly 9,000 are uninsured and 3,600 are underinsured. By conducting mass flu clinics the Niagara County Department of Health will be able to capture the population of disadvantaged children and uninsured adults that would otherwise have no opportunity for vaccination against H1N1 and seasonal flu.

WHERE CAN I GET THE VACCINE?
The vaccine is available from many health care providers, community health centers, and now pharmacies.

Niagara County Department of Health is periodically holding H1N1/ Seasonal Flu immunization and clinics for the public at no cost.

The next H1N1/ Seasonal Flu immunization clinics are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

January 7, 2010 – Royalton Hartland School District, 54 State St., Middleport, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
January 14, 2010 – Community Based POD at Gratwick Hose, 110 Ward Rd., No. Tonawanda, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
January 30, 2010 – Lockport School District (High School), 250 Lincoln Ave., Lockport, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
February 12, 2010 – Niagara Wheatfield School District (High School), 2292 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The following clinic dates are tentative, pending confirmation by the school superintendents:
February 26, 2010 – Niagara Falls School District
March 11, 2010 – Lew-Port School District
March 18, 2010 – Wilson School District
March 25, 2010 – North Tonawanda School District

Press Releases related to H1N1

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