“We are seeing an increase in the flu this year,” says Samantha Hillson of the Tompkins County Health Department, “similar to other communities around the nation.” Hillson says it’s not too late to get a flu shot in the Ithaca area.
“Our best tool to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated,” she tells us, “and the Tompkins County Health Department still has a supply of vaccine. Please call 607-274-6604 to make an appointment.”
Hillson says area residents can also call their own health providers for a flu shot, or visit local pharmacies like Rite Aid or CVS. Flu shots are often fully covered by health insurance plans.
Both Cornell University and Ithaca College have finished their scheduled flu vaccine clinics, but each is offering vaccinations by appointment. Cornell Health offers free vaccinations for students, faculty, staff, and retirees, and Ithaca College students may contact Hammond Health Center for an appointment.
“Additionally, if you are sick, we recommend staying home from school and work until you are feeling better,” Hillson says.