Beat the flu this season! A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications.
The best prevention anyone 6 months of age and older has against the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Even when circulating flu strains aren’t a perfect match, flu vaccination still provides protection and can help to decrease hospitalizations and doctor visits. Flu vaccines are available by appointment while supplies last. Flu shots and Flu Mist are offered and each cover four (4) strains of the flu. For those who are uninsured, cost varies based on income eligibility and family size. Most insurance is accepted and consider flu vaccination a covered benefit. For more information contact St. Clair County Preventive Health & Immunizations at (810) 987-5729.
Flu vaccine is also available at the Teen Health Center, by appointment, for those 10-21 years of age. Call (810) 987-1311.
The single best way to protect against the seasonal and/or pandemic flu is to get vaccinated every year. It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get immunized. The Flu Mist vaccine (nasal mist) is made with weakened flu virus that does not cause the flu and is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. Flu Mist is now recommended for healthy children 2-8 years of age when available.
While flu is unpredictable, flu vaccines are designed to protect against influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. This year, the vaccine the Health Department is administering will cover 4 strains of the flu. A flu vaccination is necessary every season, as immunity can wane.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Teach your child to take these steps too.
- Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms, and up to 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Get a seasonal and/or pandemic flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
- Frequently clean commonly shared surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, phones, etc.
- Stay informed with the latest St. Clair County seasonal and/or pandemic flu information.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
An infected person spreads the virus by coughing, sneezing or touching others and objects. Anyone who touches a contaminated surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth may become infected. People can be contagious 24 hours before the onset of symptoms.
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