NEW JERSEY – Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI) will be offering flu shots at all seven of their facilities for the 2018-2019 season.
The flu shot can help prevent influenza, a disease that can affect all ages, leading to major health issues, such as hospitalizations or even death. Common symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat and headache.
According to Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, its best to get your flu shot early because the vaccine can take two weeks to take effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that everyone six months or older get a flu shot between now and November.
In addition to getting the flu shot, health professionals urge everyone to maintain safe, healthy practices such as frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and maintaining proper nutrition and exercise.
You can schedule your flu shot at any of OHI’s facilities by calling 732-363-6655 or visiting ohinj.org. For questions about the flu shot program, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570.
OHI accepts and will work with most insurance. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 and the high dose for seniors costs $40. Through the Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children without insurance, those who are self-pay patients, or those who receive Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot for free. The preservative free and egg free versions of the vaccine are offered at all locations.