Celebrate National Flu Shot Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside the week of December 5-11, 2010 to observe this season’s National Influenza Vaccination Week. The week-long emphasis on flu vaccination was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.  The City-County Health Department will be providing flu shots every day next week, Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30am and 1-4:30pm.  No appointments are necessary.  The cost is $14 for children and $25 for adults.  Cash, check, credit and insurance cards are all accepted.   

National Influenza Vaccination Week provides an opportunity for public health professionals, health care professionals, communities, and families from across the country to work together to promote flu vaccination before the traditional winter peak in flu activity.  With three strains of flu expected to circulate in the 2010-2011 season, it is important that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so, to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu.

The universal flu vaccine recommendation, which encourages everyone 6 months of age and older to be vaccinated, took effect this flu season, “The new recommendation shows the importance of preventing the flu in everyone,” says Trixie Smith, Prevention Service Manager.  She goes on that, “people who do not get vaccinated are taking two risks: first, they are placing themselves at risk for the flu, which might include a potentially long and serious illness, and second, if they get sick, they are also putting their close family and friends at risk for influenza.”

The flu vaccine is still the single best way to prevent the flu.  Health officials also continue to recommend frequent and effective handwashing and covering all coughs and sneezes with your sleeve.  Anyone who is ill with flu like symptoms should stay home from school or work to prevent the spread of illness to others.  For more information, visit CCHD Immunizations Page or www.cdc.gov.