Flu Vaccine Now Available

All health departments within South Health District have begun offering seasonal flu vaccinations to the general public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

The flu shot is an option to anyone 6 months and older; and the nasal spray is available for non-pregnant, healthy people ages 2 through 49. Public Health Officials encourage everyone to get the vaccine. “You are protecting yourself as well as the people you are around when you get vaccinated. You can pass the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick,” states Lisa Thomas, RN, Clinical & Nursing Director.

Other than getting the vaccine, there are everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of the flu: wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and then throw it away; avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, since germs can pass this way and; avoid close contact with sick people. Most importantly, if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone to avoid spreading the flu to others.

Each health department carries the flu shot and flu mist; however, a detailed list can be found on their personal website. Please select your health department from above.

Cash, check, debit/credit cards, Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Coventry are accepted at all health departments.