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Kari Reiber, MD, Commissioner


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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high-risk for serious flu complications.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Traditional flu shots and nasal spray are manufactured based on influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses.

For those with egg allergies, there is a flu vaccine including the two influenza A strains, and one influenza B strain, which is manufactured without the use of eggs. Consult your physician about which vaccine may be right for you.

- Influenza Vaccine Recommendations -

Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, especially those individuals who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Children 6 months to 18 years of age
  • Adults 50 years of age or older
  • Individuals with health conditions that put them at risk of complications from influenza
  • Healthcare Workers

- Where Can I get My Flu Vaccine? -

Flu vaccine is available locally at your doctors office, pharmacies, retail stores, and at our Adult Clinics on Mondays, by appointment at 845-486-3535 or

Can't find a vaccine? Call 1-800-522-5006 (TTY: 1-800-655-7189) or visit and enter your zip code to find out where you can get your flu shot.

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See Flu Questions & Answers (.pdf) and visit for information about influenza.

If you have any further questions, please call the New York State Department of Health's 24 hour hotline at 1-800-808-1987.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a 24 hotline available for any health questions.  Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) - TTY: 1-888-232-6348 - email: - website:


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Get Vaccinated! Don't Get Flu. Don't Spread Flu. Visit    Vacúnese. No se contagie con la influenza. No propague la influenza.

KNOW what to do about the Flu from the NYS Department of Health


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