*Please note, The Health Department does not have Flu Vaccines at this time. *Please note, The Health Department does not have Flu Vaccines at this time. We are maximizing our efforts to ensure COVID-19 Boosters to all eligible as the demand remains high. To assist in finding flu vaccine locations in Essex County, please visit the link Flu Vaccine Finder.

What is the Flu?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.