There's a lot of misinformation this year about the flu so I thought it might be useful to publish an official source of information.
The State of New Jersey Department of Health has published a webpage where you can find where to get your seasonal or H1N1 flu shot. Click here to visit that page.
They plan to provide information about where to get vaccinated on this page when that information is available. H1N1 flu vaccine is arriving in very limited quantities, and the vaccine is recommended for certain target groups.
Each week, additional shipments of H1N1 vaccine arrive in the state. As H1N1 flu clinics are scheduled by local health departments and other providers, this web site will be continuously updated. Please continue to use this page as a resource for finding a flu shot. Retail locations, federally qualified health centers, local health departments and some schools will likely be offering the H1N1 vaccine.
Governor Corzine has ensured that anyone who wants to get an H1N1 flu shot will be able do so regardless of ability to pay. Free vaccinations for the 1.2 million uninsured New Jerseyans will be offered at public health clinics in every county throughout the state. For those insured, vaccinations will be covered by their provider.
Symptoms of H1N1
The symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
H1N1 Vaccine Target Groups
It is recommended that certain target groups be among the first to receive the H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available. These groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
- All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.
Seasonal Vaccine Target Groups
Some groups are more likely to have complications from the seasonal flu. These include:
- Those age 65 and older
- Children younger than 2 years old
- People of any age who have chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, lung disease)
Detailed information about the H1N1 flu is also available from www.visitmonmouth.com that will provide you with links to the Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/) or you can call the county Health Department at 732-431-7456 or the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services at 866-321-3751.