Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!
Posted: October 20, 2021 by Kristin Patten
Flu and COVID Vaccines Available at Health Department
Flu season is just around the corner and now is the time to get your flu vaccine.
Receiving your annual flu vaccination is the easiest way to protect yourself from catching the flu.
All South Health District Health Departments are offering both quadrivalent and high dose flu vaccines. Quadrivalent flu vaccines are $41 and are intended for those 6 months and older. High dose flu vaccine is intended for those 65 and older and the cost is $84. These prices are before insurance coverage. Many insurance providers cover the cost of flu vaccines and the associated co-pays.
Flu season typically runs from October to May and peaks from December to February.
The symptoms of the flu are:
- Muscles aches and fatigue
- Cough and runny nose
- Sore throat
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
The best way to protect yourself from catching the flu is to get your flu vaccination. You can also help protect yourself against the flu by:
- Frequently and thoroughly washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if there is no access to soap and water.
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu.
- Using a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow or arm.
- Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
In addition to protecting yourself from the flu, you should also protect yourself and those you love from COVID-19 by getting your vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are also available at your local health department by appointment. There is no out-of-pocket cost for COVID-19 vaccines through public health.