For immediate release by:
David A. Papi, Director-Health Officer
Middlesex County Public Health Department
January 13, 2010  
Contact:
John Dowd, HERC
Middlesex County Public Health Department
732-745-3135
john.dowd@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

Middlesex County Public Health Department
To Sponsor Regional H1N1 Vaccination Clinic in East Brunswick

The Middlesex County Public Health Department will be providing  free H1N1 vaccinations on January 20, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Brunswick Square Mall (JC Penney Wing), 755 Route 18 South, East Brunswick.  Free injectable and nasal vaccinations will be available for persons 6 months of age and older. Residents can view clinic dates and driving directions on the County Web site: http://co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp.

Clinic participants are strongly encouraged to visit the Web site to download, print and fill out the required consent form prior to attending. Filling out forms in advance reduces waiting times.

It is important for children under 10 years of age to receive their second dose of H1N1 vaccine. Residents can have their children vaccinated at one of the upcoming clinics. Please be advised that a second vaccine dose cannot be given until at least 28 days has passed from the administration of the first dose.

Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the County’s Public Health and Education Committee, said: “The Middlesex County Public Health Department is committed to meeting the health needs of our residents and are happy to be able to offer this opportunity. We encourage residents from any of our 25 municipalities to come to this regional clinic.”

“Brunswick Square Mall is pleased to team up with the Middlesex County Public Health Department in offering our shoppers a convenient way to address this important health concern,” said Brunswick Square and Menlo Park Mall Area Director of Marketing  Suzy Lichter.  “With the height of the flu season upon us, the timing of this couldn’t be better.”

David A. Papi, Director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, stated, “National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) begins Jan. 10.  A goal of this initiative is to encourage individuals to receive their influenza vaccination.  This flu season our Department is encouraging residents, especially at-risk individuals, to receive their H1N1 vaccine.  You can protect yourself and others from the H1N1 flu and improve community immunity by getting vaccinated.”

 

Papi said other ways to prevent the spread of influenza include:

Residents can search for other seasonal and H1N1 flu clinics within Middlesex County and New Jersey by visiting the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Web site at http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/flu/fluschedules.aspx.

Residents who have general questions about H1N1 or the vaccine may call the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ toll-free public information hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday at 1-866-321-9571.

 

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