|Vaccine is Your Best Shot Against the Flu|
Getting vaccinated against the flu is easier than ever before and one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.
‘Tis the season for influenza, or the flu, a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that can be serious and even life-threatening for our most vulnerable populations, including infants, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.
Nationally, influenza is estimated to kill an average of 23,600 people and hospitalize over 200,000 people annually. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the single most important step against getting the flu and spreading it to others.
“With the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your family,” says Dr. Deborah McMahan, MD, Allen County Health Commissioner. “Getting vaccinated has never been easier as there is plenty of vaccine and more choices than ever, in terms of where to get vaccinated and what vaccine to get.”
Flu vaccine is offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies as well as by many employers, and even in some schools. There are now four types of flu vaccines available, although not every type is offered by every provider:
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health offers the regular flu shots for children, teens and adults for $18. The high-dose flu shot for seniors is available for $34. The nasal spray vaccine is available for those who are eligible. Call (260) 449-7504 to make an appointment.
Super Shot Inc., which operates walk-in vaccine clinics around the city, offers the regular flu shot and nasal spray vaccine for $8 per vaccine. No appointment is necessary. Call (260) 424-7468 or visit http://supershot.org/ for times and locations.
Residents in need of a flu vaccine can also check with their health care provider or visit their neighborhood pharmacy or RediMed urgent care clinic.
For more information or to find a flu vaccine provider in your area, visit www.fighttheflu.org.