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Flu Shot Demand Up, Madison Health Department Says

80 people received the vaccination Monday.

The Madison Health Department administered 80 flu shots Monday and was scheduled to administer about 40 more Tuesday, Health Officer Lisa Gulla said.

Overall, January has been a busy month for administering the shots.

First, residents mainly seemed to be bringing children who are required to get them to stay in daycare and preschool programs. Then, as the number of people getting sick and the amount of media attention increased, so did demand, Gulla said.

The department still has shots available by appointment while supplies last. Appointments can be made by calling the health department at 973-593-3079.

New Jersey "is currently in the grip of one of the worst flu seasons in recent
memory" and residents should take measures to avoid getting or spreading the virus, such as avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth, staying home if sick, and getting the vaccine, according to an information sheet posted on the department's website.

People with flu may be able to infect others one day before symptoms develop and usually up to around five to seven days after becoming sick, the notice says.

Morristown Medical Center changed its visitor policy Friday as a result of the epidemic.

"It's really kicking into gear this month," Gulla said.

She said residents who come down with the flu should consult with their doctor, but do not necessarily need to go to a hospital.

The Good Guy January 16, 2013 at 02:20 PM
With the fact that most companies don't give employees sick time, but PTOs (Paid Time Off), which employees consider vacation and not sick time, the flu will continue to run rampant. Most people come to work sick, cough and sneeze all over their co-workers without covering their face, and don't wash their hands. Nearly everyone around me at work, including me, had the flu and it spread to their children and spouses as well. I work with one woman who is hacking every 5 minutes all day long for 3 weeks now and told everyone not to blame her if we get sick! Then again, that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. So maybe it's a good thing to get the flu.
Anne Tyno January 17, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Flu season starts in October. Flu shots are typically avaiable in September. It really makes no sense to wait until it becomes epidemic to get vaccinated.

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