Each year the Center for Disease Control issues recommendations for flu vaccine in an effort to prevent the serious complications that can result from contracting influenza. Physicians from Bergen County are seeing the highest level of influenza activity this year, a vast difference from last year when the flu season never really ramped up and few residents were infected with the virus. Doctors attribute the rise to refusal of many residents to get vaccinated.
The Paramus Board of Health will continue to offer seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations to Senior Citizens 65 and over, and adults suffering from chronic illnesses, (with a doctor’s note) according to Judith Migliaccio, Borough Health Officer.
Please call 201-265-2100 Ext. 615 or 618 if you have not received a flu shot and would like to be immunized. Inoculations will be given at the Paramus Board of Health. This immunization will not serve clients who are HMO members. Senior Citizens and chronically ill residents who participate in an HMO need to contact their medical provider for flu or pneumococcal immunizations.
Flu shots are recommended for adults who suffer with such chronic conditions as heart disease, diabetes, kidney ailments or any condition which compromises respiratory function. Vaccination is also recommended for Senior Citizens 65 and over because this group is at high risk for complications from influenza and pneumonia, Mrs. Migliaccio noted.
The Health Officer advises that senior citizens and chronically ill residents receive a flu shot annually. Prevention is still the best course of action, says Migliaccio. Get vaccinated, wash hands frequently, steer clear of germ-sharing practices such as dipping hands into community bowls of snacks, avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth, and try to stay away from sick people.