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2013-14 Flu Vaccines Ready for Season

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Although the weather is still warm, flu vaccines are already showing up for the 2013-14 flu season.

October is the best time to get vaccinated, and local drug stores are beginning to receive and offer flu shots.

Last year’s flu season was a difficult and particularly long-lasting one. Flue cases were reported through May in the southern tier.

The flu season peaked in New York with more than 4,000 confirmed cases each week in December and January. The Department of Health recommends every one over the age of 6 months be immunized against the flu. Children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with vulnerable immune systems should get the flu shot early.

And coming up in October you can do just that in Delhi. O’Connor Hospital in Delhi will host a community flu clinic from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The vaccines are being provided free of charge for individuals with a valid Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Medicaid card, and for $30 each for those with either no insurance coverage or commercial insurance.

Additionally, the high-dose influenza vaccine, developed exclusively for seniors age 65 and older, will also be available for $38.00. Both cash and credit cards are accepted. No appointment is necessary to participate in this clinic; however those interested should register at O’Connor’s Specialty Clinic registration desk on the 2nd floor of the hospital during clinic hours.

Eric Malanoski contributed to this report.

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