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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find flu mist for my child?
Flu mist is NOT available for walk-in patients. Flu mist will be available in limited quantities for pediatric patients. Please call your provider’s office for more information.

What is the new “Bivalent” booster?
Optum is offering to everyone five years and older the new Pfizer Bivalent booster dose of the new COVID-19 vaccine. It has to be at least two months since your last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. The new booster, also known as the “Bivalent,” gives better protection against the latest COVID-19 variants. Please be advised that we are no longer allowed to give the old vaccines as boosters. If you are scheduled for a booster, you will receive the Pfizer Bivalent booster. It does not matter which vaccine you have had before—you can receive the Pfizer as a booster. We do not offer the Moderna Bivalent booster at this time.

Where can I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Optum is still offering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (initial series, not boosters) to babies and children six months of age and older at the following vaccine clinics: Fishkill Merritt, Kingston, Mount Kisco and Poughkeepsie Oakwood. Vaccines for ages five and older are available in our six vaccine clinics and are not administered through our pediatric offices.

Who should/can get the Polio vaccine?
We will be offering the Polio vaccine to adults 18 years of age and older who are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated and at increased risk of infection.

  • Individuals living or working in an area with community transmission of poliovirus (see below).
  • Individuals working in a laboratory or healthcare setting and handling specimens that might contain polioviruses.
  • In New York State, this may include individuals who collect or work with waste water specimens for poliovirus testing.
  • Individuals who will or might have exposure to a person known or suspected to be infected with poliovirus, such as household members and other close contacts of a case or suspect case who provide care.
  • Child care or pre-K providers who work in areas with community transmission of poliovirus and provide diapering or toileting care/assistance.
  • Individuals traveling to a country where there is a documented increased risk of exposure to poliovirus.
  • Individuals whose child(ren) will be receiving oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV), such as international adoptees or refugees. OPV is not available in the United States.
  • Other adults who are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated and who don’t meet the above criteria for being at increased risk of infection should talk with a health care provider about the polio vaccine to determine their risk, and vaccinate accordingly (e.g., adults who will be spending substantial amounts of time in counties with community transmission of poliovirus for reasons other than residence or work).

Why should I get the Polio vaccine?
Polio (or poliomyelitis) is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by poliovirus, which can infect a person’s spinal cord leading to paralysis. Most people infected with poliovirus have no symptoms and many recover without complications. Some people will experience sore throat, fever, tiredness, nausea, headache, or stomach pain.

A smaller group of people will develop more serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord:

  • Paresthesia (feeling of pins and needles in the legs),
  • Meningitis (infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain), or
  • Paralysis (can’t move parts of the body) or weakness in the arms, legs, or both.

Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death.

Improvements in limb paralysis can occur, but in some people new muscle pain and weakness may develop 15 to 40 years later. This is called “post-polio syndrome.” The best way to protect yourself is to maintain high immunity (protection) in the population against polio through vaccination.

Who should/can get the monkeypox vaccine?
We will be offering the monkeypox vaccine (JYNNEOS) to adults 18 years of age and older who have been exposed to the monkeypox virus or  that may be at risk of future exposure to infection with monkeypox, even though they are not at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox.

Why should I get the monkeypox vaccine?
The smallpox/monkeypox vaccine (JYNNEOS) can help protect against smallpox, monkeypox and other diseases caused by orthopoxviruses, including vaccinia virus.

Smallpox is a very serious disease caused by variola virus. Some people continue to be at risk of exposure to the virus that causes smallpox, including people who work in emergency preparedness and some laboratory workers. The virus can spread from person to person, causing symptoms including fever and a skin rash.

Vaccinia virus can cause disease when people are exposed to infected people (such as exposure to someone who has recently been vaccinated with ACAM2000®, another type of smallpox vaccine) or animals. People who work with vaccinia virus in laboratories can be accidentally exposed to the virus, and if they become infected, they can get sick. Most vaccinia infections resolve on their own without treatment.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

See below for locations and directions.

If your preferred Optum location is not on the list below, please contact your primary care provider for information about where you can go for the vaccines you need.

For our patients in New Jersey, flu vaccine is available at all our New Jersey Urgent Care locations.

Please check this page for schedule changes prior to visiting our clinic

Dutchess County

Fishkill Merritt
60 Merritt Boulevard, Fishkill, NY 12524 (1st Floor, former Toll Brothers space)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Poughkeepsie Oakwood Campus
Oakwood Commons, 2515 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (former Key Bank Building)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rhinebeck Campus 
6734 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Friday  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Putnam County

Carmel/Brewster
Highlands Center 100H Independent Way, Brewster NY 10509 (former Massage Envy space)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ulster County

Kingston Campus 
1561 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY 12449 (CareMount Urgent Care entrance)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Westchester County

Mount Kisco
100 South Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (1st Floor COVID-19 Clinic, 2nd Floor Flu Clinic)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Flu only

Yorktown
225 Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights NY 10598 (former CareMount Urgent Care space)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

What Can I Expect?

  • Masks are required in all our offices.
  • The nurse will review your health history and any reactions you may have had to previous vaccines.
  • You should not come for your flu vaccine if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any type of illness. Your vaccine will be deferred until you are feeling well.
  • It is helpful to wear short/no sleeve shirts.

If you have any questions, please contact your provider’s office directly.