The Bridgewater Township Division of Health encourages all older adults in the community to receive seasonal influenza vaccinations. Preventive vaccination has been found to play a vital roll in the wellness of older adults during the influenza season. The following seasonal influenza clinic dates have been scheduled for township residents age 60 or older and other “high risk” individuals. These individuals include Township residents with diabetes, asthma, respiratory illness and heart related diseases and ailments.
Bridgewater Senior Citizens Center
455 Somerville Road
October 7, 2013
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
October 14, 2013
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- THE FEES ARE:
$20.00 – Influenza Vaccination
No Direct Charge – Medicare Part B Participants
The Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has assured there is an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for all “high risk” individuals this influenza season. Seasonal influenza vaccine may also be readily available at your private physician’s office. Influenza vaccinations at the Township clinics will be provided through the services of the Community Visiting Nurses Association of Somerville. Pre-registration for the Township’s older adult program is required. Please call the Division of Health at 908-725-5750 for an appointment.
With the flu season just around the corner, the Bridgewater Division of Health has announced two upcoming clinics for local seniors and "at risk" residents to get flu vaccinations in October.
The clinics are open to township residents age 60 or older and “high risk” individuals such as those with diabetes, asthma, respiratory illness and heart related diseases and ailments. The vaccines will be administered by the Community Visiting Nurses at the Bridgewater Senior Citizens Center, 455 Somerville Road.
The vaccinations are $20, except for those with Medicare Part B (no charge).
Dates for the seniors clinics are:
- Oct. 7: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Oct. 14: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Influenza is caused by viruses that change each year, infecting the respiratory tract, such as the nose, throat and lungs. About 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu in a season, and over 200,000 people must receive hospital care. Influenza weakens the body, and sometimes pneumonia is a secondary infection, which can result in death. In order to be protected, you must be revaccinated each year. It takes about two weeks from the receipt of the vaccination to develop immunity. The Centers for Disease Control has more information about flu vaccines available.
If you're looking to get the flu shots, but don't qualify for the township clinics, check out these local pharmacies:
CVS, Milltown Road: Use this scheduler to set an appointment, if you're over 18. Children's vaccinations are given at the CVS in Green Brook, on Route 22.
Walgreens' locations in Bound Brook and Hillsborough offer vaccinations choices for kids, including nasal sprays, in addition to "high dose" shots for adults.
The US HealthCare Urgent Care Center at Grove Street and Route 22 also offers flu vaccinations. Employers can also schedule on-site flu clinics with the center.
You can also schedule an appointment with your family doctor for the shots.