With the flu hitting New Jersey and most of the country early and hard, Camden County has added two flu vaccination clinics to its schedule.
Camden County residents can get free flu shots on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Carmen Tilelli Community Center, at 820 Mercer St., and Jan. 18 at Gloucester Township Municipal Building.
Shots will be offered at both locations from 9 a.m. to noon.
“In order to keep your family healthy this flu season, we encourage you to take advantage of this beneficial service provided by Camden County,” Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the county Health Department, said. “We have scheduled additional flu shot sites because the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continues to recommend influenza vaccinations this flu season.”
Flu shots are recommended for all residents but particularly for pregnant women, senior citizens and those with chronic illnesses, weakened immune or cardiovascular systems, chronic metabolic diseases, renal dysfunction and blood disorders.
“This is an early season, with more influenza activity being reported at this time than has been seen during recent flu seasons,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said. “The CDC is watching the situation closely and will provide additional information, including interim vaccine effectiveness estimates, as it becomes available.”
Free flu shots are available to county residents ages 9 and up. Children 9 and younger must receive two flu shots and should be seen by a pediatrician.
For uninsured children, call CamCare at 856-541-9811 or the Bellmawr Health Center at 856-931-2700.
For more information, contact the county Department of Health and Human Services at 800-999-9045 or visit the Camden County website.