Don’t get knocked for a loop with the flu this season. Residents can get immunized for influenza through their local health department.
The Long County Health Department will hold a walk-in flu vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. No appointment is necessary and flu shots will be given on a first come, first served basis. Regular flu shots are $29 and high-dose flu shots for those 65 and older are $55. Cash, checks, credit cards, most major insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare will be accepted. Flu vaccine consent forms can be printed and filled out ahead of time at www.gachdorg/longflu.
Getting vaccinated is the best protection against the flu and the flu vaccine is recommended for those six months of age and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity usually begins to pick up in October and flu season can last as late as May.
“We encourage Long County residents to get the flu vaccine and we want to make it as convenient as possible so we’re going to hold a day-long flu clinic,” said Long County Health Department Nurse Manager, Lisa Palmer, R.N. “We really hope people will take advantage of this great opportunity.”
In addition to getting vaccinated, residents should also take the following actions to prevent flu:
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.