Free Flu Shots Available at Sevier County Health Department Event

12/06/2018 04:00 | 2

Free Flu Shots Available at Sevier County Health Department Event

Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. National Influenza Vaccination week is a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

Flu vaccine by appointment is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

"The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu", Commissioner of DPH Jeff Howard, M.D. Few people get vaccinated against flu after the end of November, but flu activity most commonly peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

Today, December 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season.

"The person takes about two weeks to develop immunity after getting the vaccine", said Via Christi Director of Infection Prevention, Dr. Maggie Hagan.

The Fairfield Health Department will be participating in a statewide effort urging all individuals to get a flu shot and have the power of the "Florce". It spreads when respiratory droplets are released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby. A flu vaccine is not only important for protecting yourself but also for protecting your friends and family members.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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