Get your annual flu vaccine! The Onondaga County Health Department is now offering the flu vaccine at the Onondaga County Immunization Clinic. This is a walk-in clinic and no appointment is necessary. Vaccines are free for Onondaga County residents while supplies last. The Onondaga County Immunization Clinic will provide flu vaccines for anyone six (6) months of age and older. Because of changes in CDC recommendations, FluMist® will not be available this year. The clinic is held weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and is located in room 30 of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.
According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine every year is particularly important for persons at high risk for complications from the flu or for those who have contact with people at high risk. Those include the following:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than age five, but especially children younger than two years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
-Health care workers
-Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
-Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Children under the age of nine who have never had the flu vaccine series will need two doses of vaccine. The second vaccine should be given four weeks after the first vaccine. If your child is under age nine (9) and only received one dose of vaccine last year, they should receive one dose this year.
Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your health as well as the health of your family, friends, and others. Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and others! For more information about the Immunization Clinic, visit ongov.net/health/generalclinics.html or call (315) 435-2000.