Rutherford Health Department to conduct two seasonal influenza vaccination … –

The Rutherford Health Department will be conducting two seasonal influenza vaccination programs for residents during the month of October. It is important to note that the Health Department is required to advertise the seasonal influenza vaccination program far in advance of actually receiving the vaccine. While the Health Department expects to receive its 500 doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine before the October program dates, residents should call the 24-hour hot line number during the third week of October to insure that all of the vaccine has been received. The first seasonal influenza vaccination program is only for residents 65 years of age and older and will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9-11 a.m. Proof of age will be required to be provided, and no one under 65 years of age will be vaccinated at this program. A second seasonal influenza vaccination program will also be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., for all adult residents 18 years and older, especially high-risk persons, household contact of high-risk persons, health-care workers, those who provide essential community services, and other adults who wish to decrease their risk of influenza. Seating is not available, and those who have difficulty in standing are encouraged to arrive one hour after the start of the program. No appointments are required for either program date. Both programs will be held at the Rutherford Health Department, 184 Park Avenue, Rutherford. Five hundred (500) doses of vaccine are available for the programs and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until the vaccine supply is depleted. Residents 65 years of age and older are required to bring their Medicare I.D. card. The Rutherford Health Department has set up a 24-hour hot line number which can be accessed at 201-460-3000, ext. 3154, to obtain more information on the planned seasonal influenza vaccination clinics. Residents who have questions not answered by the 24-hour hot line number can call the Health Department weekdays at 201-460-3020.