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Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can cause mild to severe illness. More serious infection can lead to hospitalization or death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses, like flu.

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu shot each year. For the 2017-2018 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2017-2018.

 Signs and Symptoms of Flu   High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications 
 People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
   
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who have pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

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  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands often
  • Go to your doctor, get rest and stay home from work/school if you feel sick

Flu Shots Now Available for 2017-2018 Season

 Flu season is officially here.  Getting a  flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.  We now offer seasonal influenza (flu) shots in the Immunization Clinic, 1st Floor, Clinic 6.  

Walk ins are welcome, but must be registered by 4PM.
Mondays  & Fridays  8:30AM-4PM

Pricing is based on a sliding scale. 
Cash, check, credit cards, and some insurance plans are acceptable forms of payment. 
Youth ages six (6) months to 18 who are not insured qualify for a state-supplied vaccine at no cost.  

Insurance is not required to receive a flu shot
Individuals with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.  Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.