County’s Flu Shot Clinic Schedule Now Available
It’s not too early to get a flu shot. You can protect yourself and help prevent further spread of the flu by getting vaccinated. Older adults, pregnant women, young adults, children, and people with other underlying health conditions are most at risk of getting the flu, but everyone six months and older should get vaccinated.
It takes two weeks after being immunized to be fully protected. The vaccine only keeps you fully protected for about one year, so it’s important to get vaccinated every year. You can get flu shots at your doctor’s office, retail pharmacies and stores (call first to check vaccine availability), or the free flu clinic.
Home-bound patients who need flu shots should call 1-800-675-8437. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. There are other viruses that can cause these symptoms, but a high fever and bad cough usually indicate flu. For more information, visit www.smchealth.org/flu.