WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Free flu shots will be available at the Westchester County Department of Health's offices in White Plains Thursday and Friday and in Yonkers Feb. 7, County Executive Robert Astorino announced.
Adults and children ages 9 and up are eligible to receive the flu shot and are encouraged to register in advance either online or by calling 914-995-7425 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
“There are still people who are in need of a flu shot and we want to help them out,” Astorino said in a statement. “We’ve been getting calls from residents who are having difficulty locating the vaccine, so these clinics should help fill the void.”
More than 450 people took advantage of the county's flu shot clinic Jan. 24 at the Westchester County Center.
“I was thrilled that so many people took advantage of this opportunity to get a flu shot, especially the many that were there to get the vaccine for the first time,” Dr. Sherlita Amler, health commissioner for Westchester County, said in the statement. “We hope residents who still haven’t done so will come to one of these additional clinics and get vaccinated. Right now, the flu is widespread throughout Westchester and New York State and it can continue to circulate well into the spring."
Flu shots will be available at the health department's White Plains location on 134 Court St. from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and the Yonkers location on 20 South Broadway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7.
To prevent spreading the flu, the county advises residents to cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands often. If you do get sick, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides, to avoid spreading your germs. Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy foods.
To find more providers and pharmacies giving flu shots visit the Westchester County website. Physicians can call the health department if they have excess vaccine to share with other providers or if they are willing to give vaccines to people who are not their patients.