Chatham County Health Dept. hosting flu clinic Thursday, no COVID-19 testing

Flu vaccination campaign – Everything you need to know

Representatives from the Plumas County Public Health Agency and Care Flight pose for a photo following the drive-thru flu vaccination clinic held in Quincy on October 16. Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection with the flu.

The Office of Public Health has scheduled flu clinics across the state to protect as many Louisianans as possible. Flu season begins every October, and it can sometimes last as long as May of the following year, depending on the flu type.

The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately, but takes about two weeks to offer full protection.

"With COVID-19 still prevalent across the world, this is not the year to avoid getting a flu shot to protect ourselves and others", said Dr. Mark Dougherty, an infectious disease specialist affiliated with Baptist Health Lexington.

While health officials recommend that everyone 6 months or older get vaccinated for influenza annually, the need for people to get flu shots is especially urgent this year, as flu season arrives while the US continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. An estimated 28% of school-aged children get influenza each year.

The symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, state health officials said, and anyone who feels sick should call their doctor, local health department or urgent care facility before arriving in-person. "It takes time for your body to respond to the vaccine, so we want that flu shot to be working".

For those with insurance, under the Affordable Care Act, a flu shot is available without cost as a preventive service from your regular doctor or most pharmacies.

In accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for reducing the potential transmission of COVID-19, Fairfax County is requiring all clinic visitors to wear face masks, undergo temperature checks, and adhere to social distancing protocols. Treatment with a prescription antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

The CDC recommends flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months and older.

Montana's flu season typically ramps up in November.



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