Take time to get a flu shot
Shots: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Children younger than 9 years old getting vaccinated for the first time, or those who did not receive at least one dose of last year’s influenza vaccine will need two doses of vaccine this season to be fully protected.
Appointments: Call (336) 641-3245 for an appointment at either the High Point or Greensboro health department offices. Bring insurance, Medicaid or Medicare information. The vaccine is $25. Cash, personal checks with a state address, debit card, and VISA, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.
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GUILFORD COUNTY — With influenza activity higher than normal in North Carolina for this time of year, health officials are urging people to take time during the holidays to get vaccinated.
The state health department confirmed influenza virus in North Carolina in October and health care providers are seeing an increase in flu-like illnesses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported sporadic flu activity in North Carolina for the week ended Nov. 17.
While flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, it offers the best protection against the disease.
“Historically, flu vaccination activity drops off at the end of November. People are busy with holiday plans and just forget about getting it,” said Merle Green, Guilford County health director. “We want people to be healthy and enjoy the holidays, not get sick with the flu, so now is a great time to get vaccinated.”
The agency has the traditional injection and nasal mist.
“It is really important for all of us to get the flu shot so that we can protect our loved ones during this special holiday season,” said Dr. Ward Robinson, Guilford County medical director. “Our family members frequently suffer from chronic illnesses that place them in harm’s way. If we get the flu shot, even if we think we won’t get that sick from flu, we protect those we love who may end up in the hospital or die from this terrible illness.”
Even if new strains arrive during the season, health experts still urge everyone to get a vaccine which can lessen the symptoms caused by a similar strain. The vaccine protects against A/California (H1N1)-like virus, the same strain as 2011-2012 flu season, and the A/Victoria (H3N2)-like virus. The vaccine also includes protection against the B/Wisconsin virus.