WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The county is doing what it can to ensure its residents don't get the flu this fall.
The Westchester County Health Department will be giving free flu shots to college students and residents at two locations next month in Valhalla and White Plains.
Any Westchester college student can get a flu shot on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westchester Community College’s Student Center in the Student Events Room at 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla.
Advance registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome while supplies last. Parking is free, and the campus is accessible via Bee-Line bus. Students under age 18 must bring a parent or guardian.
Residents ages three and up can get flu shots by appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westchester County Center at198 Central Ave. in White Plains.
To guarantee flu shot availability for either clinic, register in advance at http://www.health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic.
“Just about everyone can benefit from this vaccine, which is safe and effective,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler. “It’s important to get a flu shot every year to help you and your family keep healthy because even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.”
An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.
The county also will give free flu shots to residents at soup kitchens and food pantries in Port Chester and New Rochelle.
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