Time for Flu Vaccine!
Protect yourself, your family and community this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. Influenza remains a top 10 leading cause of death in Iowa, yet can be prevented by receiving yearly flu vaccine.
Some people are at higher risk for complications of influenza which makes receiving the vaccine very important. People at higher risk include:
- Pregnant women
- Children, particularly those younger than 2 years of age
- Adults age 65 and older
- People who have certain medical conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and lung diseases.
Individuals with these risk factors are protected when they receive the flu vaccine and also when those around them are immunized. Additionally, infants under six months of age are not old enough to receive the flu vaccine. The best way to protect young infants is to vaccinate family members and caregivers in order to provide a “cocoon of protection”.
While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity usually occurs in late fall and winter, but can last as late as May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, making fall a great time to get the flu vaccine.
You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine. Fight the Flu! More information about available flu vaccines for the 2017-2018 season can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm
To schedule your appointment for the flu vaccine or for questions, call Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422.