Flu vaccines 2013.01.16

Written by David Green.

There is an increase in influenza and influenza-like illnesses throughout Fulton County and nationwide. So what can you do to protect yourself from the flu?  

Getting a flu vaccination can reduce the risk of getting the flu, especially when there is a good match between the circulating strains and the vaccine that’s been manufactured. The risk of contracting the flu can also be reduced by washing hands frequently and carefully with soap and water. Anyone who does become ill should stay home, rest, and drink plenty of fluids.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccination against the flu for anyone age six months and older, but it’s especially important for pregnant women, children younger than age five, people age 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions or a compromised immune system.

The Fulton County Health Department still has flu vaccines available for all ages. They are available each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for children through age 18 and $20 for adults.

High dose vaccine is also available for people age 65 and over. Medicaid and Medicare is accepted.

For more information, call Mike Oricko at 419/337-0915.

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