MOORESTOWN, NJ — A drive-thru flu shot clinic will take place in Moorestown next month, as Burlington County attempts to follow social distancing guidelines while battling the coronavirus and preventing the flu simultaneously.
The flu clinic for adults will take place at the department of public works building, East Third Street, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 15, according to Burlington County officials.
Adults and teens 13 years old and older can get flu shots at drive-thru clinics, while children ages 6 months to 12 years can get flu shots at walk-up clinics. Burlington County officials announced the full schedule of flu shot clinics on Wednesday. Read more here: Flu Shots More Important Than Ever Amid Pandemic, Virtua Says
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While the flu vaccine will not protect residents from the coronavirus, Burlington County Health Department officials said it is more important than ever for people to get their flu shots this year. The outbreak remains active and may overlap with the seasonal flu, resulting in the possibility that some residents could become infected with both, officials said.
"While not as deadly or transmissible as COVID-19, influenza still sends at least 100,000 people to the hospital each year," Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herbert Conaway. "Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during this pandemic."
The flu vaccine not only reduces your risk of illness but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths. Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during the still ongoing pandemic.
Residents who are 65 years and older, children under two, and those with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu, but an annual seasonal flu shot is recommended for all residents aged six months and older by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.
For the vaccine to provide full protection against the flu, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body. Getting vaccinated early in the fall helps to reduce the chances residents may get the flu before the vaccine is able to provide full protection, officials said.
It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a bad cold and the flu, your primary care provider may be able to test you within the first few days of symptoms in order to determine if you have the flu or not. Symptoms of the flu include:
A 100F or higher fever or feeling feverish
A cough and/or sore throat
A runny or stuffy nose
Headaches and/or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The Burlington County Health Department accepts Medicare Part "B" to cover the cost for the seasonal flu vaccines. A donation of $15 for seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by those not covered by Medicare if residents can afford it.
Pneumonia vaccines are no longer offered. Residents should contact their doctor to get one.
For more information on the flu, contact the Burlington County Health Department at 609-265-5533 or online at www.co.burlington.nj.us/health.