Flu vaccines available for those at risk

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:55

    The West Milford Health Department will hold flu clinics this fall in order to provide residents with ample opportunities to get protected against the flu and pneumonia. However, this year flu vaccine will be administered by appointment only. In addition, only those recommended for inoculation by the Center of Disease Control will be administered the vaccine prior October 24. Checks and money orders only for those who are paying. The fee for the flu vaccine is $10 and $20 for pneumonia. Those who use Medicare part B as their primary insurance will receive the vaccine at no cost. Two types of flu vaccine are available throughout the country. However, the West Milford Health Department will use the injectable form of the "dead virus" vaccine as opposed to the "live virus" vaccine, which is sprayed into the nose. The dead virus is most commonly used. The "live virus" can be available through your private physician. It takes approximately two weeks to develop immunity after inoculation with the injection. This immunity may protect you for a year. Unfortunately, for some, it is still possible to contract the flu but it may be a milder case. For an appointment call 973-728-2725.