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Union County Invites Public to Get Yearly Flu Shot

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Union County

The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages all residents to get their seasonal flu shot as soon as possible this year.

According to officials, free flu shots will be dispensed at clinics run by the Office of Health Management at locations throughout Union County beginning on Saturday, September 24th.

Persons with health insurance are advised to visit their local pharmacy or doctor’s office to receive their flu shot.

 

“Please protect yourself and your family, and help prevent unnecessary trips to a doctor or hospital emergency room by getting a free flu shot,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.

“Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts are concerned that medical resources could be overwhelmed if a seasonal flu outbreak combines with the COVID-19 crisis.” 

 

The free flu shot clinics are open to all Union County residents ages 9 and up. Children ages 4 through 8 can also use Union County’s free flu shot clinics if they have previously received 2 flu shots, in accordance with guidance from the CDC.

 

Appointments are strongly encouraged, and residents can schedule an appointment online by visiting www.ucnj.org/flu or calling 908-613-7829. Walk-ups will be seen on a time-allowing basis.

 

This year, the free flu shot clinics will also be offering all formulations of the COVID-19 vaccine. As per the CDC, it is safe to receive both shots on the same day, if needed.

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The following clinic dates have been scheduled:

 

  • Saturday, September 24 at Plainfield High School, Plainfield, 9am-12pm

 

  • Thursday, September 29 at Warinanco Sports Center, Roselle, 3-7pm

 

  • Monday, October 3 at Shady Rest Golf Course, Scotch Plains, 3-6pm

 

  • Saturday, October 15 at Linden Health Fair,  10am-1pm

 

  • Monday, October 17 at Roselle Borough Hall-Council Chambers, 4-7pm

 

Any Union County resident may visit any of these clinics, regardless of their town of residence. To prepare for a visit to Union County’s flu shot clinics, residents are advised to review the fact sheet issued by the CDC in English, Spanish, and other languages at https://www.immunize.org/vis/ (select “Influenza, inactivated” from the vaccine index).

 

Masks are required when visiting one of Union County’s clinics. Persons who have a fever, coughing, sneezing, or other signs of illness will not be admitted to a clinic site. 

 

For additional updates, visit the “Upcoming Flu Drives” page on the County website, at ucnj.org/flu.

 

Children and adults in need of a variety of standard immunizations can visit Union County’s Immunization Center at 40 Parker Road in Elizabeth. Please note that there is no income eligibility requirement for the COVID-19 or seasonal flu vaccines. Other immunizations are available on an income-eligible basis. For more information, call the Immunization Center at (908) 965-3627 or (908)965-3868.

 

For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, (877) 424-1234, email info@ucnj.org, or use the online Contact Form.