If you have not already, now is a good time to get your flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control labs across the country began to see more positive flu tests just before the holidays. This increase is often the first sign that flu season is underway. With the average flu season lasting three months activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Oneida Indian Nation Health Services is reminding clients that free vaccines are available. Anyone who has not gotten vaccinated yet this season should get vaccinated now. Below is more information about what vaccines are available to clients.

Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older. Those who are at the greatest risk of complications from the flu are young children, pregnant women, elders, people with chronic medical conditions and those who live with or care for someone who is high risk for complications.

The flu can cause serious complications for those with certain health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart and lung disease.

Prevnar 13 Pneumococcal Vaccine

The Prevnar 13 vaccine can protect adults from pneumococcal disease, which can cause ear infections and more serious infections. It is recommended for ages 65 and up, in addition to previous pneumonia immunization. Certain restrictions apply, so be sure to discuss with your medical provider.

Zostavax® Shingles Vaccine

The shingles vaccine is recommended for all adults age 60 and older. Shingles is an often painful skin rash that can last for months or years. The Zostavax® vaccine will reduce your risk of shingles by about half. Patients can receive the shingles vaccine even if they have had it in the past, to help prevent future reoccurrences.

For more information about any of the vaccines or to schedule an appointment, Health Services clients should call (315) 829-8700 or 1-800-663-4324.