Fighting the Flu
Flu Shots for the Seasonal Influenza virus will
be available from personal physicians (pediatricians, general
practitioners) who register to receive the vaccine.
There are no out of pocket expenses for the vaccinations.
Priority list (as provided by the
Centers for Disease Control
parents and caretakers of children under 6 months old
health care and emergency personnel (EMT, fire, police)
children 6 months to 24 years
adults 25 to 64 with health conditions
Adults over 65 appear to have immunity to the Seasonal Influenza virus and need only
receive a seasonal flu shot as usual. Contact your healthcare provider for a
Seasonal flu shot .
Staying Healthy in
County Department of Health reminds residents that the Seasonal Influenza virus, like any
other, is spread by human-to-human contact, through the coughing or sneezing of
symptoms are the same as any other flu, some combination of fever, coughing,
sore throat, body aches, chills, lethargy, lack of appetite, nausea, and in
some cases vomiting and diarrhea.
To avoid the flu, use your common
sense as you would during any other flu season:
• Cover your nose and mouth when you
sneeze or cough (preferably with the crook of your elbow or a handkerchief, not
your hands often with soap and water
touching your face and eyes
close contact with sick people
• Try to stay in good general health:
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, and eat
if you get sick, please stay home and get well!
informed by visiting the Nassau County Department of Health website at
The website is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
The Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) is a federally funded, community-based program that provides
training and on-going education to better prepare communities and individuals
to respond to emergency situations. CERT members may be used during any flu
emergencies to help with the distribution of vaccine.
To take the CERT training to become
a citizen volunteer, please visit the website for the Nassau County Office of
Emergency Management at
Medical Reserve Corps
Students in the health professions,
practicing, retired or otherwise employed medical professionals such as
doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physicians
assistants, veterinarians, and others are eligible to train for the Medical
In the event of a flu emergency,
MRC unit volunteers would help at vaccination clinics ( (also
known as "Points of Distribution" or PODs) that would be based at
sites all around Nassau County.
For information about the MRC and
volunteer training, please visit the Nassau County website at