2011-01-06 / Front Page

THE FLU HAS ARRIVED

Eric Gross

An influenza outbreak in Putnam has prompted health officials to urge all county residents to get a flu shot as soon as possible.

Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said a “significant number of cases have been confirmed countywide—influenza that is occurring earlier than anticipated. My staff and I are concerned and we are asking that the public becomes proactive and receives a flu shot rather than stay home and be sick.”

Dr. Amler told the Courier Tuesday afternoon that the number of specific cases was not being released but “of the doctors and medical practitioners who work with us on a daily basis, flu has arrived in Putnam County. People are getting sick. The best way to ward off influenza is to get a flu shot.”

The commissioner suggested those not getting their flu shot this year to plan on attending a special clinic January 12, from 2:30 to 6:30pm, at the Putnam Health Department complex in Southeast at the rear of the New York State DMV office off Route 312 and I-84.

Vaccine will be administered free to anyone age six months or older.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week a “higher number of flu cases than average in the northeast” for early January.

Dr. Amler said the “concern is there. Those who have not been vaccinated against influenza are encouraged to get their shot as soon as possible. Next Wednesday’s county clinic is free.”

 

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