The Cortland County Health Department (CCHD) is urging all county residents who are 6 months or older to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine so they can protect themselves against the virus.
The Health Department says getting the vaccine can protect residents from serious COVID-19 related illness, which also include hospitalization and death. CCHD also says the 2023-2024 Flu vaccines are widely available and are also recommended for those 6 months or older.
The recent COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month on September 11th, followed by a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the following day.
“With an increase in COVID-19 in the community I believe it is very important to protect yourself against this potentially deadly illness. I strongly recommend the updated COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to prevent contracting and transmitting the virus, especially for people that are older or have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, and heart disease.” said Dr. Matthew Noble, Family Practice Physician in Cortland and Cortland County Board of Health member.
Residents may make appointments for a vaccine through their healthcare providers, pharmacies or by visiting Vaccines.gov.