What you need to know this year
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – It’s now officially fall, which means it’s also officially flu season. Health departments and pharmacies around the world are preparing to roll out flu shots.
CDC officials recommend that you get your flu shot earlier this year.
Health officials recommend rolling up your sleeves by the end of October.
“The flu vaccine is extremely important in helping to mitigate the spread of influenza,” said Kathleen Napier, director of nursing at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.
Napier predicts the number of flu cases will be on the rise this year.
“We wore masks most of the time,” Napier said. “A lot of people have now taken their masks off. I expect it to be higher because of this factor.
The numbers for regular routine care in general went down because of COVID, because people just didn’t want to go out. Routine care includes these flu shots.
“We really want people to maintain regular doctor visits, especially people who have compromising conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease,” Napier said.
Napier says COVID has taught us a lot, and there are some pandemic tools that can help us during flu season, like wearing masks and extra hand washing.
“We’re seeing that we’ve reduced our flu counts when we’re wearing our masks, so I think it’s a great idea that when our counts go up, it’s okay to wear your mask,” Napier said. “That seems to help a lot.”
Flu shots are recommended for anyone six months and older.
Cabell-Huntington Health Services makes it easy for you.
There will be a free flu shot clinic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, September 30.
They will continue to offer flu shots throughout October. For more information, press here.
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