Beat the flu this season! A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications. If you didn’t get your flu shot yet, don’t worry! It’s not too late to vaccinate. Flu can circulate all year long so make sure you and your family are protected.
The best prevention anyone 6 months of age and older has against the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Even when circulating flu strains aren’t a perfect match, flu vaccination still provides protection and can help to decrease hospitalization and doctor visits. The St. Clair County Health Department, located at 3415 28th Street, will hold walk-in clinics every Monday from 10am-6pm and every Wednesday from 8am to 4pm beginning 9/14/16 and ending 10/26/16. Flu Vaccination is also available by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Flu shots covers four (4) strains of the flu. This year, High Dose flu vaccine will be available, while supplies last, for adults 65 years of age and older. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, cost varies based on income eligibility and family size. Most insurance is accepted and consider flu vaccination a covered benefit. For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact St. Clair County Health Department at (810) 987-5300.
Flu vaccine is also available at the Teen Health Center, by appointment, for those 10-21 years of age. Call (810) 987-1311.
The single best way to protect against seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get immunized.
While flu is unpredictable, flu vaccines are designed to protect anyone 6 months of age and older against influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. This year, in addition to flu shots which cover 4 strains of the flu, High Dose flu vaccine will be available for adults 65 years of age and older. High Dose flu vaccine is designed to protect older adults against 3 strains of the flu..
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Teach your child to take these steps too.
- Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms, and up to 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Get a seasonal flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
- Frequently clean commonly shared surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, phones, etc.
- Stay informed with the latest St. Clair County seasonal flu information.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
An infected person spreads the virus by coughing, sneezing or touching others and objects. Anyone who touches a contaminated surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth may become infected. People can be contagious 24 hours before the onset of symptoms.
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