Flu shots now available for ages six months and older at Pike County Health Department. No appointment necessary. Walk in hours are from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, co-workers, family and friends by being proactive and getting vaccinated this flu season. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year.
Influenza also known as the “flu” is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can be mild to severe, and sometimes lead to death. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended by the CDC for everyone six months and older.
People who have the flu have some or all symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and/or fatigue. Not everyone will have a fever.
The flu virus is spread by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.
You may also get the flu by touching surfaces or objects that have the flu virus on them, and then touching your mouth, nose, or even eyes. You can pass the flu to someone before you even know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. People with flu are most contagious usually in the first few days after their illness begins.
Contracting influenza can lead to other complications including bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
The CDC recommends the annual flu shot. In addition to the flu shot, CDC also recommends everyday preventative actions like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing.
For more information contact Pike County Health Department at 573-324-2111 or go to cdc.gov.