Friday, January 18, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths.
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are seven common myths about vaccination. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Preventive care is the best weapon against flu and influenza. And it's not too late to get vaccinated.
Despite a shortage of flu shots at local pharmacies last week, supplies are being replenished and nearly 150 people turned out for free flu shots at a free health fair at the former Princeton Hospital site on Witherspoon Street on Sunday. “Overall, the flu has hit earlier and faster than in past years,” said Dr. Craig Gronczewski, chairman, department of emergency medicine at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. “It’s affecting more people and driving volume to the emergency departments.” The key to combatting flu is preventive care, Gronczewski said. That means generally everyone over 6-months-old should be vaccinated, washing hands frequently with soap and water or Purell and staying away from people who are coughing…
It's not too late for Middlesex County residents to get an inexpensive shot to ward off influenza
The flu season has been ratcheting up a few notches, with some folks who didn't get the vaccine now coming down with the nasty bug. Many people who skipped getting their flu shots may think it's too late, but that's not true. We're just coming into the "height" of flu season. But what if you don't have insurance? Pharmacies and drug stores are offering flu shots at around $40 for those without health insurance. But in these economic times, that's a big hit, especially for an unvaccinated family. If you can make it to New Brunswick, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services is still offering inexpensive $15 shots. They're being given at the Public Health Clinic located at 596 Jersey Avenue, Suite B on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Register now for your flu shots in South Brunswick.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The South Brunswick Health Department has announced its fall flu shot dates for township residents. Appointments necessary: Register online beginning August 27, 2012 at www.sbtnj.net (Click on Health and follow the link). Seasonal flu vaccine: $20 cash, check (made payable to SPUH) or Medicare B. Pneumonia vaccine: $20 cash, check (made payable to SPUH) or Medicare B. You must bring your Medicare card with you. If you are in an HMO, you should receive your immunizations at your HMO facility or you will be charged $20. All pediatric clients (ages 3 years to 18 years) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Vaccines will be administered on an appointment-only basis on September 19, 2012 Pregnant women or breast feeding mothers …