Health Departments to offer free flu shots this week

Flu Shot

Flu Shot

"This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's the ideal time to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season. Seasonal flu outbreaks begin as early as October and can last as late as May, which means it is not too late (or too early) to get vaccinated.

The Putnam County Health Department is having a drive-thru flu shot clinic 7:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.at their office at 701 County Services Dr.

Flu Shot

"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza. We are recommending all Texans 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine as soon as possible". The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about two weeks after the vaccination is administered.

Indianapolis, In. - The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging anyone who hasn't already gotten a flu shot to do so now.

"These data highlight the need of an influenza vaccine for each season for those people who are more likely to show severe types of influenza, such as people over 65 and people with other diseases for whom the influenza vaccine was not enough to prevent the infection from appearing", said the researchers. Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often.