Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot each year. Influenza causes a lot of illness, and can be very serious. The timing of the flu season changes each year and is unpredictable. It is important to be protected before flu activity starts!
High-Dose Flu Vaccine: The high-dose vaccine is a flu vaccine licensed only for seniors. It is available at no charge for persons who have the following insurance as their primary payer: Medicare Part B, Aetna, CIGNA, Coventry, Humana, Medicare Railroad, Three Rivers, United Healthcare, and United Mine Workers of America. Please bring your Medicare card and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic.
Call 609-465-1187 to schedule an appointment for
the high-dose flu vaccine. If you have other insurance as your primary payer, you may be able to receive the high-dose flu vaccine from your physician or pharmacy.\
The pneumonia vaccine is also available for $15.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
The Health Department has a limited number of flu vaccines available, which will be given by appointment only. No additional flu clinics will be held this season.
Call 463-6581 for more information.
For All County Flu Clinics:
Persons with a severe allergy to eggs, other vaccine component, or who have
been told by a doctor that they have had Guillain-Barre syndrome must
receive the flu vaccine from their personal physician.
Daycare and Preschool Vaccine
Requirements: The New Jersey Department of Health requires all
children 6 months through 59 months of age attending any child-care center or
preschool facility to receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between
September 1 and December 31 each year. Children who are not vaccinated will not
be able to attend school until the end of the flu season, which is currently
estimated as the end of March.
Everyone older than 6 months is recommended for flu vaccination
with rare exception. The following lists include all people recommended to get
the flu vaccine and those who should not be vaccinated without first consulting their healthcare provider. Talk to your doctor
or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best
for you and your family.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s
especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because
they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because
they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related
Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant during flu season
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years
People 50 years of age and older
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions or who are
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
American Indians/Alaskan Natives
Persons who are morbidly obese (BMI =40)
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications
from flu, including:
Health care workers
Household members and out of home caregivers of children less than 6
months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a
physician. They include:
People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs. Ask your doctor about
the new egg-free version of the flu vaccine.
People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous influenza
People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of
getting an influenza vaccine.
Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved
for this age group).
People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to
get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu
vaccine, consult your health-care provider.
Information on This Year’s Flu
Information about this year’s inactivated flu vaccine:
about this year’s live intranasal flu vaccine:
Click here for
information about Thimerosal, which is a preservative in some forms of flu