2013-11-07 / Front Page

Flu makes its entrance into Putnam

Eric Gross

Thanksgiving is still three weeks away yet Putnam County has recorded its first case of influenza resulting in the hospitalization of a 75 year old man.

Putnam Commissioner of Health Dr. Allen Beals reported Thursday “flu is not only on the way but it has arrived. If one person has been hospitalized others may soon follow suit.”

The only way to avoid becoming ill with the flu bug is to receive an inoculation and the Putnam Health Department will be offering  free flu vaccine received from the NYS Department of Health next Tuesday, Nov. 12 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The clinic takes place at the Health Department headquarters on Geneva Road at the Terravest Corporate Park off Route 312 and I-84 in Southeast.

Dr. Beals said the clinic provided his staff with an opportunity to conduct a “POD or Point of Dispensing Drill. Such an exercise will allow our clinicians to enhance the skills necessary in order to respond to a public health emergency.”

Once again a paperless pre-registration process will be used. Dr. Beals has asked participants to log onto the Health Department website (putnamcountyny.gov) and select one of four time slots—3-4 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.; 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. “Pre-registration online is highly recommended,” said Dr. Beals since “a limited number of computers will be available onsite at the clinic for those who have not registered.”

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‘No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.’ ~Hal Borland