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Dec 8, 2023

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Flu Shots Available At Clifton Health Dept.
For Ages 6 Months And Older

CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Health Department still has a limited number of seasonal flu vaccines available for ages 6 months and older. The seasonal flu vaccine is effective for only one year, so last year’s flu shot will not protect you this year. A limited amount of vaccine from the Vaccines for Children program is available and can be provided free of charge to kids from 6 months of age to18 years old who meet the qualifications. The Pneumococcal 23 vaccine is limited and only available to individuals 65 years of age and older with Medicare Part B. All vaccines are available on a first come first serve basis. The vaccines are available in the Health Department Clinic, 2nd floor in City Hall, and are by appointment only. Please call (973) 470-5760 to schedule an appointment with one of our nurses.

Persons with Medicare Part B as their primary insurance can receive the flu vaccine for FREE. Individuals MUST bring their Medicare card for presentation at the clinic. Individuals with an HMO, no insurance, or a primary insurance other than Medicare Part B will be asked to pay $20.00 in cash or check for the flu vaccine. If you are a Clifton Board of Education employee, the fee is $15.00 for the flu vaccine. We do not accept Medicaid or Food Assistance Programs. If you are enrolled in these programs, you will be required to pay at the time of service.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season. It is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Children younger than 5, but especially children aged 6 months to 2 years
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    1. Health care workers
    2. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    3. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age. These children are too young to be vaccinated.

Examples of people at high risk of having serious flu complications are those who have diabetes, a heart condition, asthma, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or other serious medical problems that make them at high risk for flu.

It is important that people realize they cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Those individuals who are allergic to eggs or have any questions should consult their physician before calling the Clifton Health Department for an appointment to get vaccinated.

The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.