Flu Prevention

The Cayuga County Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccination each year. Depending on vaccine type, 2018 to 2019 vaccine will protect against either three or four different influenza viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

Children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who have never received a seasonal flu vaccine need to get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Parents should check with their child's health care provider for more information.

Certain people are at "high risk" of serious complications from seasonal influenza. These include people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

We are also offering the "high dose" flu vaccine which is recommended for people 65 and older.

The seasonal flu vaccine is available many places in the community, including doctor’s offices, pharmacies and the Health Department. Adults interested in being vaccinated against seasonal flu can call the Cayuga County Health Department 315-253-1560 for an appointment. We will be offering the seasonal flu vaccine through our weekly immunization clinics.

The cost is $35. We will bill Medicare Part B and other health insurance plans. We also offer a sliding fee scale for individuals with limited or no health insurance coverage. For more information on what insurance plans we accept please call 315-253-1560.