It’s flu season again and many medical facilities throughout the state have already started giving out vaccinations.
Last year over 7,000 people from the area came to get their flu shots and this year within the first two weeks there’s already been 1,000.
Now a days you can get a flu shot almost anywhere you go.
Experts say difficulty finding a place to get a flu shot is no longer a reason not to get one.
“So influenza seasons change, they vary year to year, typically they start in October and we see them go through February, the last couple years they have been later, January, February type of seasons but we’ve definitely had them as soon as September, October, so as soon as the vaccine is available, that’s when people should be getting vaccinated” said health district nurse manager Amy Gamett.
Especially those young kids as well as the old ones, anyone above the age of 65 should plan on getting a vaccine.
“Especially when you get older, it takes a toll on you if you get the flu, if you get the shot you either don’t get it or you get it so mild that you don’t’ even know that you’ve got the flu” said Champ Church.
“One of the great things now is there’s different ways to receive your influenza vaccination, and so we have like I talked about the high dose for senior citizens, we also have the intradermal now which is a very small needle and then we also have a flu mist which you actually spray in the nose and so somebody that’s really afraid of needles, then we have some other options for them also, so again not wanting a needle is not a reason not to be vaccinated now” continued Gamett.
Also, be sure to wash your hands and cover your cough with your sleeve to help keep the influenza from spreading.
Adults and older children need one dose of influenza vaccine each year, some children younger than 9 may need two doses to be protected.
The health district encourages you to call your doctor and make an appointment.