If you’ve ever gotten sick with the flu, you know how debilitating it can be. Elderly people, young children, women who are pregnant, and those who have certain health conditions are more likely to experience serious complications.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals get an annual flu vaccine to protect themselves and those they come into contact with from the flu. There are a variety of flu shots available; some protect against three viruses and some are designed to protect against four viruses. The CDC recommends that only injectable vaccines be used this flu season. The Center also suggests that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October if possible. If you have any questions about the flu vaccine, discuss them with your health care provider.
There are several places to get a flu shot in Hendricks County. Here are just a few possibilities:
- Hendricks County Health Department, Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call (317) 745-9222 to ask about availability.
- Wal-Mart is providing a flu shot clinic at Brownsburg Public Library on October 19th
- Local pharmacy locations
- IU Health Urgent Care
- Your doctor’s office
Many larger companies offer flu clinics, since keeping employees healthy is a key to productivity in the workplace. Check with your company to learn if any options are offered through your workplace.
Stay healthy this flu season by practicing extra care with hygiene. Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands after coughing/sneezing. Wash your hands prior to eating, after touching high traffic items such as door knobs, and after using the bathroom. If you experience flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, fever, headache, etc.), stay home to prevent the spread of illness.