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Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) supports, protects and improves the health of our community.

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Make Time for Your Flu Vaccine

Benefits of Flu Vaccination

The flu vaccination is key in aiding in protecting you, your family, and neighbors from the serious, even life-threatening, complications of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Benefits of Flu Vaccination:*

  • It can keep you from getting sick with the flu;
  • It can reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick; 
  • It can reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu;
  • It can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from the flu; and
  • Getting vaccinated yourself can also protect people around you, including those who are most vulnerable to serious flu illness, including babies and young children, older people and those with certain chronic health conditions. 

*Source: CDC


Who Should Get a Flu Vaccination?

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) encourages all residents, particularly those working with the public, to receive the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends the seasonal flu vaccine for everyone six months or 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 flu; and
  • Healthcare workers.
Where Can I get a Flu Vaccination?

Flu shots are available at low- or no-cost from many area pharmacists and medical offices. Contact your doctor or locate a participating pharmacy near you by using the vaccine finder.  Click here for the Vaccine Finder