(flu) severity varies from year to year, but flu always brings serious
consequences. The prevention of
influenza is important every year, but the COVID-19 pandemic means preventing
influenza during 2021–22 is more important than ever. Although the
effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary, overall, the vaccine significantly
lowers the risk of influenza-related illness, hospitalization, and death.
and COVID-19 share many symptoms. Both COVID-19 and flu can spread from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Both are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the illness (COVID-19 or flu) cough, sneeze, or talk. Both are respiratory illnesses that are contagious, but because they are caused by different viruses, it is possible to have both at the same time. Just as with the COVID – 19 vaccine, the flu vaccine offers protection for you and your loved ones. The Middlesex County Office of Health Services offers the COVID-19 vaccines AND the flu vaccine for your protection. ( CLICK HERE for more information about the COVID 19 vaccine and clinic schedule )
that help reduce the spread of flu include:
- Get a seasonal Flu shot every year.
- Wear a
mask in public or when within 6 feet of other individuals.
home when you are sick.
close contact with people who are sick.
your hands often. (Keep alcohol-based
hand sanitizers in your purse, car, and backpack, when soap and water is not
touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw away
your used tissue.
regular exercise, enough rest, and eat healthy, balanced meals.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services
will be offering FREE flu shots to Middlesex County residents 6 months of age
and over that meet a set of criteria.
Residents wishing to determine eligibility should visit http://middlesexcountynj.gov/dispenseassist.The next available date(s) is/are listed below:
Middlesex County Health Services'
FREE Flu Clinic Location
Flu Clinic Date
Spotswood Municipal Building
77 Summerhill Road
South Amboy Senior Center
108 S. Stevens Ave
Middlesex Boro Senior Center
1400 Mountain Ave
Thursday, October 28th
Monroe Senior Center
12 Halsey Reed Road
Thursday, November 4th
Piscataway Senior Center
700 Buena Vista Avenue
Monday, November 8th
Dunellen Senior Center
200 Orange Street
Friday, December 10th
Please note: we do not have the "hi-dose senior vaccine". If you wish to receive this, please call your personal physician or local pharmacy for availability.
receive your free flu shot:
the form located at http://middlesexcountynj.gov/dispenseassist
the completed Dispense Assist voucher. Staff will be available to help residents with no access to print the voucher.
- Arrive at your choice of location within the designated time with a photo ID and your dispense
assist voucher printout
CRITERIA FOR GETTING A FLU SHOT
To receive a free flu shot, you must:
- Be a Middlesex County resident (proof of residency is required - including, but not limited to: a valid driver’s license; state issued identification; or two pieces of mail including utility bills, bank statements, or similar documentation with name and address)
- Be eligible to receive the flu vaccine offered (Afluria Quadrivalent) as determined by the Dispense Assist Voucher
- Have a printed dispense assist voucher for each individual registered.
- It is advised that you wear clothing that can be removed or adjusted to provide access to one's upper arm/shoulder area.
additional information please call the Middlesex County Office of Health
Services at 732-745-3100.