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November   2

How To Get Stuck


It seems like flu shots may be easier to come by this year than they were last year -- but maybe that's just because we haven't had to stand in line yet.

Tomorrow, they'll be giving them out at the Glen Ridge community center (at the train station) from 10 to noon ($15 or Medicare), for seniors and people with chronic illnesses. No such restrictions at Kings in Verona, which will hold  a flu shot clinic tomorrow from 3 to 7 pm ($25).

Www.findaflushot.com lists 14 clinics within 10 miles of Baristaville just this week. If you know of others, add them to our comments.

Flu_tracker Meanwhile, it appears that the first line of defense against the feared avian flu pandemic is right down the road in Nutley, where Hoffman LaRoche has concocted a flu-fighting antiviral called Tamiflu, which you can take within 48 hours of first getting symptoms. The Nutley pharmaceutical firm just announced yesterday that it plans to supply the Strategic National Stockpile. Just last week, Roche stopped private shipments of Tamiflu due to concerns about hoarding.

Check out Roche's online flu tracker, which currently puts Montclair flu cases higher than the national average but still low overall.

November 2, 2005 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (10)

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October  21

Flu shots in Bloomfield

Word is that Bloomfield residents can call our very own Flu Shot Hotline, 973.680.4060 for up-to-date info on when flu shots will be available for the 2005 season. The Department of Health and Human Services does want to clarify that the only information they will be able to provide is what will be heard via that telephone number and by what is seen on local cable channel 35.

Some good proactivity on this, especially considering last year's situation with a shortage across the board.

October 21, 2005 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (6)

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October   4

Getting All Your Shots

It's that time again. Flu shot season. Bloomfield Shoprite has a clinic on October 7. For other locations to get shot, click here.

October 4, 2005 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (1)

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January  31

Flu Shots Today

Flu_shot The Montclair Health Department is giving out flu shots today until 4 pm. to residents of Montclair and Glen Ridge. You don't have to be in a special risk group to qualify. A limited supply is available. Call 973.509.4974 for more information. The health department is located on the 3rd floor of 205 Claremont Ave.

January 31, 2005 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (1)

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December   6

The Flu is Here (in a Secret Undisclosed Location)

The Jersey Journal writes today that the first case of influenza has been reported in New Jersey, but state health commissioner Clifton Lacey won't say where.

He did, however, remind New Jerseyeans to practice "appropriate hand hygiene."

December 6, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (0)

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November  15

Glen Ridge Lotto

The drawing to see who gets flu shots in Glen Ridge will take place this morning at 10 in the community center at the Glen Rige train station.

November 15, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (0)

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November   9

More Flu Shots in Bloomfield

We have early word from the town manager's office in Bloomfield that there will be a new lottery to distribute a new batch of flu shots. No details yet available.

November 9, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (0)

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November   6

Better than Bingo

Seniors are more likely to hit the jackpot in Montclair's flu vaccine lottery, open to adults 65 and over, as well as younger folks who meet certain criteria. News of the lottery was posted on the township's website, which is undergoing a revamp (note to webmaster, try spell check). The following info, sans typos, is here for your information

Due to the limited supply this year of flu vaccine, Montclair township will be conducting a lottery for eligible residents only. Eligibility requirements are:

  • Montclair residents
  • Adults age 65 and over
  • Individuals age 18 to 64 with underlying chronic medical conditions (doctor's prescription required)
  • All women who will be pregnant during influenza season (doctor's prescription required)
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Health care workers with direct patient contact (proof of employment required)

Registration for the lottery will take place on Monday, Nov. 8, from 10 am to 8 pm at Montclair's municipal building, 205 Claremont Ave.

November 6, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (0)

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November   4

Et Tu, Glen Ridge?

Guess the newest flu lottery copycat.

Registration for the lottery will start next Monday, Nov. 8, 2004,and run all week at the Glen Ridge Community Center, 228 Ridgewood Ave., from 10-5 (except on Wednesday, when registrations will be taken until 7 pm). Registrants must be over 65 or in a high-risk category. The drawing will be Nov. 15.

For more info, call 973.748.8400, ext. 221.

November 4, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (2)

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October  28

Key Club to Oversee 2005 Oscar Awards

Last thing we'd heard from Trevor Weigle, Bloomfield's director of health and human services, was that the township of Bloomfield was planning to have an independent outside auditor oversee the drawing in its flu shot lottery.

Imagine our surprise when we learned in an AP story today that the independent auditor turned out to be the Bloomfield High School Key Club.

Apparently Price Waterhouse wanted $45,000 to oversee the lottery and the Key Club was willing to work for three Vinnies pizzas and a couple liters of Diet Coke. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, impressed with the Key Club's cheap fair and impartial work, is now considering the teenagers for their springtime gig, and the equally-smitten College Board is putting them in charge of grading the SAT's.

October 28, 2004 in Flu Shot Central | Permalink | Comments (0)

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