Burlington County’s annual free flu clinics begin for residents for 2018–2019 season

Clinics are scheduled through January and will be held at locations all throughout the county.

Burlington County Freeholder Deputy Director Linda Hughes has announced that the Burlington County Health Department will once again host a series of clinics this year to provide free flu vaccines to county residents.

Clinics are scheduled through January and will be held at locations all throughout the county.

To emphasize the importance of this program, a member of the Burlington County Health Department administered the first flu shot of the season to Hughes during the freeholder board’s public meeting on Sept. 26.

“Getting an annual flu shot is one of the best ways you can stay healthy this flu season,” Hughes said. “Other easy habits everyone should practice to stay healthy include, washing your hands often with soap and warm water, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick.”

The Burlington County Health Department provided more than 1,450 flu vaccinations last year to county residents.

According to officials, 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 of residents getting sick before the vaccine is able to provide full protection.

Those 65 years and older, children younger than 2, and those with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu. An annual flu shot is recommended for all residents aged six months and older by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials note that it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a bad cold and the flu, but a primary care provider may be able to test an individual within the first few days of symptoms in order to determine if they have the flu or not.

Symptoms of the flu include: 100F or higher fever or feeling feverish, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children).\

For more information and to complete the required consent form, contact the Burlington County Health Department at (609)265–5533 or online at http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/355/Flu-Information.

Those who attend clinics are asked to bring completed consent forms with them.

Children can only be vaccinated at children’s clinics. Remaining clinics in the 2018 schedule are listed below:

· Oct. 4 — Children’s Clinic — 4 to 6 p.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd in Westampton.

· Oct. 13 — Driv-Thru Clinic — 9 a.m. to noon at the Burlington Township Fire District located at 1601 Burlington Bypass in Burlington Township.

· Oct. 13 — Walk-Thru Clinic — 9 a.m. to noon at Marlton Assembly of God located 625 E. Main St. in Marlton.

· Oct. 18 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Pemberton Senior Center located at 300 Brooks St. in Browns Mills.

· Oct. 18 — 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Vincentown Fire Co. No 1 located 16 Race St. in Southampton.

· Oct. 25 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Cranberry Hall Senior Center located at 44 Charles St. in Medford.

· Oct. 25 — 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Burlington County Library located at 5 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton .

· Nov. 1 — 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Moorestown Library located at 111 W. Second St. in Moorestown.

· Nov. 1 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mt. Laurel Senior Center located at 100 Mt. Laurel Road in Mt. Laurel.

· Nov. 8 — Children’s Clinic — 4 to 6 p.m. at the Moorestown Mall, County Corner located at 400 Route 38, in Moorestown.

· Nov. 15 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Patenaude Senior Center located at 429 John F Kennedy Way in Willingboro.

· Nov. 15 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Daniel Keegan Senior Center located at 522 Wood St., in Burlington.

· Nov. 29 — 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Palmyra Community Center located at 30 W. Broad St. in Palmyra.

· Nov. 29 — 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cinnaminson Library located at 1619 Riverton Road in Cinnaminson.

· Dec. 6 — Children’s Clinic — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

· Dec. 13 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Carslake Community Center located at 207 Crosswick St. in Bordentown

· Dec. 13 — 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the FOP Community Center at 69 Main St. in Roebling

· Dec. 20 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

· Dec. 20 — 1 to 2:30 p.m.at the at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

· Dec. 27 — Children’s Clinic — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

· Jan. 3 — Children’s Clinic — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

· Jan. 10 — Children’s Clinic — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Burlington County Health Department located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.