Seasonal Influenza

The seasonal flu season peaks between late January and late February in New Jersey. There is plenty of time to get a seasonal flu shot and be protected.

Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone older than 6 months. We offer the standard flu vaccine and the high-dose vaccine for seniors. There is no charge for flu vaccines.

Seasonal Influenza (the Flu)


Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person-to-person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot each year. Influenza causes a lot of illness, and can be very serious. The timing of the flu season changes each year and is unpredictable. It is important to be protected before flu activity starts!

High-Dose Flu Vaccine


The high-dose vaccine is a flu vaccine licensed only for seniors (65 years old and older). The high-dose vaccine provides significantly higher antibodies and an increased immune response in older adults. It is available at no charge for persons who have the following insurance as their primary payer:
  • Aetna
  • CIGNA
  • Coventry
  • Humana
  • Medicare Part B
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Three Rivers
  • United Healthcare
  • United Mine Workers of America
Please bring your Medicare card and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic. The consent form for the high-dose vaccine is available at the clinic or for a shorter wait time per-registering by calling 609 465-6848. If you have other insurance as your primary payer, you may be able to receive the high-dose flu vaccine from your physician or pharmacy.

Flu Vaccination Clinics


Special Senior High-Dose Flu Clinics


The Department of Health offers the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors (65 years old and older) at special senior clinics. The high-dose vaccine is a flu vaccine licensed only for seniors. It is available for persons who have the following insurance as their primary payer:
  • Aetna
  • CIGNA
  • Coventry
  • Humana
  • Medicare Part B
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Three Rivers
  • United Healthcare
  • United Mine Workers of America
The standard-dose flu vaccine is available at no charge regardless of insurance status. Please bring your Medicare cards and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic. Consent forms for the senior clinics are only available onsite or by per-registering at 609 465-6848. Senior clinics are now scheduled on the following dates and locations:
Location Address Date/Time
Lower Township Senior Center
2612 Bayshore Rd.
Villas
Wed. Sept. 28
1:00 - 3:00pm

North Wildwood Senior Center

10th and Central Ave. NWW

Friday Sept. 30
10am - 12 pm

Dennis Township Senior Center
571 Petersburg Rd.
Dennisville
Tuesday. Oct. 4
10 pm - 12pm
Upper Township Senior Center
1369 Stage Coach Road,
Seaville
Thursday Oct. 13
10-11 am
County Department of Health
6 Moore Road
Building Number 17
Cape May Court House
(Exit 11 off the Parkway)
Wed. Oct. 19
12-2 pm
By Appointment
Ocean City Senior Center 1735 Simpson Ave
Ocean City
Thursday Oct. 20
9am - 11am

Drive-Through Flu Clinic


The free drive-through flu clinic will be held for residents 14 years and older on Sunday October 2nd from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Kindle Ford Autoplaza, which can be accessed at exit 9 off of the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House. View directions to Kindle Ford.

For everyone’s safety, completed consent forms are required to be brought to the drive-through clinic. Forms can be downloaded here in English and Spanish, are available at the Department of Health, and will be in local newspapers the week before the drive-through clinic. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt and for the safety of our staff, leave your pets at home.


Children & Families Clinics
Children and families clinics are for all children ages 6 months through 18 years old and their families. While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine for eligible persons. Children and families clinics are now scheduled on the following dates and locations:
Location Address Date/Time
Woodbine Elementary School 801 Webster Ave.
Woodbine
Thursday Oct. 6
2:45 - 4:00 pm
Glenwood Avenue Elementary School
Glenwood and New York Avenue
Wildwood
Wed. Oct. 12
3 - 5 pm
Crest Memorial School 9100 Pacific Ave.
Wildwood Crest
Mon. Oct 17
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Margaret Mace Elementary School
1201 Atlantic Avenue
North Wildwood
Tues. Oct. 18
2:30-4:00 pm
County Department of Health
6 Moore Rd.
Building 17
Cape May Court House
Wed. Oct 19
2 - 6 pm
Lower memorial School/Rec Center
2600 Bayshore Rd
Ste 1 (Rec Center), Villas
Mon. Oct 24
3 - 4:30pm
Community Flu Clinics
Community flu clinics are for everyone 6 months of age and older. Clinics are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Location Address Date/Time
St. Frances Cabrini Church
2nd Ave & Atlantic Ave
Ocean City
Sun. Sept. 25
12 - 4:00 pm
Cape May County Library
30 West Mechanic Street
Cape May Court House
Thurs. Nov. 3
11 - 2:00 pm
For All County Flu Clinics
  1. Persons with a severe allergy to eggs, other vaccine component, or who have been told by a doctor that they have had Guillain-Barre syndrome must receive the flu vaccine from their personal physician.
  2. Persons with a severe allergy to Thimerosal can receive the vaccine from the Department of Health, but not at the drive-through clinic.
Daycare & Preschool Vaccine Requirements
The New Jersey Department of Health requires all children 6 months through 59 months of age attending any child-care center or preschool facility to receive at least 1 dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 each year. Children who are not vaccinated will not be able to attend school until the end of the flu season, which is currently estimated as the end of March.

Who Should Be Vaccinated?
Everyone older than 6 months is recommended for flu vaccination with rare exception. The following lists include all people recommended to get the flu vaccine and those who should not be vaccinated without first consulting their healthcare provider. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best for you and your family.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
  • American Indians/Alaskan Natives
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions or who are immunosuppressed
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household members and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
  • Persons who are morbidly obese (BMI=40)
  • Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant during flu season
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:
  • Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group)
  • People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
  • People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen
  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
    • Ask your doctor about the new egg-free version of the flu vaccine.
  • People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous influenza vaccine
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health-care provider.

Information on This Year’s Flu Vaccine
View information about Thimerosal, which is a preservative in some forms of flu vaccine.


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