There’s Still Time to Get that Flu Shot

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (January 10, 2013) – Got that weak, achy feeling? Is it the flu? There’s one good way to make sure it’s not. Get a flu shot. Many people ask if they should still get a flu shot even at the peak of flu season or even if they think they have already had it. The answer is yes.

“It’s possible you just had a severe cold, which presents with similar symptoms, or you could have had a different strain of the flu,’’ said Barbara Savatteri, Director of Infection Control at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “That’s why delayed vaccination can still be effective.

Here are some answers to some other frequently asked questions about the flu:

When should I get a flu shot?

Once every year before flu season begins in November.  At HVHC, flu shots have been available since late August.

Is it ever too late in the season to get a flu shot?

No. HVHC has administered shots to its employees as late as March.

Does my child need a flu shot?

Children 6 months and older should be vaccinated. Not only will you protect your child, but you’ll help stop the spread of flu and protect the more vulnerable populations like infants and the elderly.

I’m healthy. Why do I need a flu shot?

Protecting yourself means protecting others around you who may be more vulnerable to the flu, such as infants and the elderly.

Flu shots are available from your doctor and at many neighborhood pharmacies. Visit http://health.westchestergov.com/ or http://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/ to find out where to get your flu shot. 

 

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org