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COMING SOON! Flu Week at Forsyth County Department of Public Health

Posted on 9/12/2012 by Quintana Stewart

COMING SOON! Flu Week at Forsyth County Department of Public Health

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health will begin giving FREE flu vaccinations on Monday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 3rd, 7:30am – 7:30pm at 799 N. Highland Avenue.

Flu vaccine for all ages, 6 months and older, will be available, including High-Dose for those 65 years of age and older and Intradermal for persons age 18 through 64 years. The vaccine will be provided to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis while supplies last.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.

There are two reasons for getting a yearly flu vaccine.

  1. The first reason is that because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most commonly circulating viruses.
  2. The second reason that annual vaccination is recommended is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
  • Health care workers
  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

When to Get Vaccinated?

Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. However, flu season can last as late as May, so getting vaccinated later in the flu season could still provide protective benefit. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the influenza viruses in the vaccine develop in the body.

For more information about influenza visit:

CDC Says "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) and Flu Vaccine

Seasonal Influenza Questions and Answers"

How Flu Spreads

 

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