Public Health Departments of District 2 have said that flu shots are in the air, and encourage residents to go for immunization against seasonal influenza now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everybody above six months of age to go for the vaccination.
Influenza vaccine (high dose) is recommended for persons of age 65 and above. As we grow old, the immune system also becomes weaker. As such, a higher dose of vaccine helps re-energize the immune system in aged persons and improve immunity against influenza.
The body builds full resistance against influenza after about two weeks of taking the immunization. Therefore, it’s good to get the vaccination now. In the US, influenza activity kicks off from around October to May but may happen anytime.
The flu shot costs $25, and you have to come along with your insurance card. Local health departments accept credit and debit cards, cash, Medicare Peach care, WellCare and Peach care, Aetna, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the United Health Care.
Other safety measures
Health experts believe that flu vaccine is the initial and most vital step in preventing flu viruses. The second step is preventing the spread of bacteria, and achieving this, you have to wash your hands with soap and water often, or with sanitizer, stay at home when sick and covering cough and sneezes. Proper hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection can also help in reducing the risk of spreading germs.
You can seek medical advice from your health provider if you experience flu-like symptoms including the runny or stuffy nose, fever, cough, body aches, catarrh, fatigue, chills, and headache. If you contract the flu, your health care provider can prescribe medications that will reduce the illness as well the period you are sick.
Influenza may be complicated to some persons of certain groups including kids below five years, pregnant women, adults above 65, residents of long-term health facilities and nursing homes. Likewise, people with weakened immune system, chronic illness, and adolescents between 6 and 18 years who are under prolonged aspirin therapy face higher risks of the flu.