Area seniors are being given a chance to get a jump on protecting themselves from the potentially deadly influenza virus.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Flu shots are available this month through the Broome County Office for Aging at participating senior centers.

Residents should bring their Medicare or insurance card. The cost for a private pay flu shot is $30.

The inoculations are available at the following locations and times:

10/7 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm Broome West Senior Center, 2801 Wayne St., Endwell
10/8 from 10:00 – 11:30 am First Ward Senior Center, 226 Clinton St., Binghamton
10/11 from 9:30 – 11:00 am Eastern Broome Senior Center, 27 Golden Ln., Harpursville
10/15 from 10:30 – 11:30 am Vestal Senior Center, 201 Main St., Vestal
10/17 from 9:30 – 11:00 am Northern Broome Senior Center, 12 Strongs Pl., Whitney Point
10/23 from 10:00 – 11:30 am Johnson City Senior Center, 30 Brocton St., Johnson City
10/25 from 10:00 – 11:30 am North Shore Towers Community Center, 24 Isbell St., Binghamton

The Health Department says people age 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions are more at-risk for developing complications from the flu, which can include sinus or ear infections, pneumonia, sepsis, hospitalization or even death.

Health professionals stress the flu shot is safe, effective and cannot give you the flu.