Shelby County Public Health reminds all residents that it is time to prepare for the upcoming influenza season by getting vaccinated. Influenza is a contagious disease that can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Pregnant women, young children, older people and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at an increased risk of serious flu-related complications. Getting a yearly influenza shot is particularly important for these vulnerable people.
While the timing of influenza season is unpredictable, seasonal activity usually begins in late fall and winter and can last as late as May. Timing of the flu vaccine is important to make sure you are protected before influenza viruses start to spread in the community and throughout influenza season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for immunity to develop, making October a great time to get the flu vaccine.
Shelby County Public Health will be providing influenza clinics throughout Shelby County so all residents have access to influenza vaccine. Clinics will be held at a variety of times and dates throughout the month so everyone has a chance to be immunized during October. While protecting yourself by immunizing, you also protect your loved ones and those who are vulnerable to influenza in the community.
To schedule your flu vaccine or for questions, please call Shelby County Public Health at 712.755.4422 or go online at www.shelbycountyclinics.com.