Atlantic County To Offer Free Flu Vaccines In October

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — As the flu season nears, Atlantic County will host 10 free public flu vaccination clinics for residents 18 years and older beginning October 3, according to the county.

Provided by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, the clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at various locations throughout the county from October 3 through October 31. No appointment is needed.

“The type and severity of flu viruses may vary from year to year, but a flu shot still offers the best protection against infection,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson in a press release from the county. “The vaccine does not guarantee you will not get sick, but it does help lessen the severity and duration of the illness and may reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death.”

In the U.S., flu viruses typically circulate between October and May. Because it may take up to two weeks for the flu antibodies to develop in your body, county health officials suggest the sooner you get a flu shot the better.

Flu symptoms tend to appear within one to four days after infection and may include fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, chills, body aches, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea.  Adults age 65 and older and children under age 5 are at greater risk for developing serious flu complications as well as individuals with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease, asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Residents can help reduce the spread of germs by washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home if sick, routinely cleaning common touch items and surfaces, and limiting contact with those infected.

“Be a flu fighter and help protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot,” said Levinson. “It’s quick, easy and free!”

Levinson added that these clinics will offer adult flu shots only. Residents interested in the updated COVID-19 vaccine may visit or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to find local pharmacies where the vaccine is being offered and to schedule appointments.  The COVID-19 vaccine will also be available from many primary care providers.

To see a complete schedule of places and times for the free flu vaccines click here.

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