It's flu season, that dreaded time of year. Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool to protect against influenza. Influenza is a serious disease that sickens millions of people each year. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
Walk-ins welcome. Please register at the main entrance or stop in during one of our upcoming flu clinics and we will take care of you. Protect yourself and others by getting the shot.
Upcoming Flu Clinics*
Thursday, October 19
Monday, October 23
Thursday, November 2, 9 & 16
*Flu shot vaccines are available during regular clinic hours. Walk-ins welcome!
Below parts from an article sourced from the CDC (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) Last updated 11/10/16.
Why get a Flu Vaccination:
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine is best for you and your family.
Vaccination to prevent flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from flu.
Reasons to get a flu vaccine:
•Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu.
•Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.
•A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012
•Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57%.
•Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
•Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had a cardiac event in the past year.
•Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
•Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting vaccinated also protects the baby several months after birth.
•A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness in pregnant women found that vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection by about one half.
•Another study found that babies of women who got a flu vaccine during their pregnancy were about one-third less likely to get sick with flu than babies in unvaccinated women. This protective benefit was observed for four months after birth.
•Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
•Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.