HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Hackensack Department of Health is urging senior residents who are at high risk of complications from influenza to get a flu shot early in the season.
Residents are always encouraged to use universal respiratory precautions to help prevent illness, including covering their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, washing hands often and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.
Other precautions include, staying home from school or work when sick, and avoiding close contact with people who are ill to reduce the spread of the flu.
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from flu every year in the U.S., on average.
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
Those over the age of 65 and high-risk individuals should also get a pneumococcal vaccination from their health care provider to prevent this type of pneumonia, if they have not previously had this vaccine.
There is no direct charge to senior citizens who have current Medicare Part B coverage and do not participate in a managed care / HMO health care plan.
Seniors who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician. Pre-registration for these programs is required.
Programs will be held on the following dates and locations:
- Sept. 29: 65 First Street Housing Authority
- Oct. 6: 164 Beech Street Housing Authority
- Oct. 20: 60 Kansas Street Housing Authority
- Oct. 27: State Street Civic Center
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