In the U.S., flu season generally peaks in the winter, but the timing and duration of flu symptoms vary based on where influenza activity is occurring and the strain of influenza that is circulating. The best time for a flu shot is before flu season. According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older should get their annual shot as soon as it’s available.
The Carroll County Health Department will be offering flu shot clinics every Tuesday and Friday beginning October 22, 2013. Influenza vaccines will be available while supplies last. There is a small fee to administer the adult flu shots. In order for children to be vaccinated the must qualify for VFC, meaning they either have to have no insurance, or Medicaid, or health insurance that will not pay for vaccinations.
“Prevention is the best protection against the flu, along with hand washing and staying home when you’re sick,” proclaimed Nurse Carrie Manser. “There are some populations in our community that cannot take the flu shots. That’s the best way we can help to protect them is to take the flu shot ourselves.”
Manser, also points out that the flu shot is not made to make you sick.
Shots will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact the Carroll County Health Department at 660-542-3247
Click below to hear KMZU’s Mandy Young talk with Nurse Carrie Manser: