Free flu shots offered Wednesday

Free flu shots offered Wednesday

Free flu shots offered Wednesday

"This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's the flawless time to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for people 3 years and older.

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In conjunction with National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 2-8), CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is reminding customers that it is not too late to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.

The CDC recently reported that the flu was responsible for as many as 80,000 deaths last winter. "Flu vaccination can reduce doctor visits, pneumonia, missed work and school due to illness, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations". A flu vaccine is not only important for protecting yourself but also for protecting your friends and family members. There is no need for an appointment, all a Veteran has to do is come to any of the Charleston VAMC facilities or Community Based Outpatient Clinics and request their flu shot.

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According to the health department, the first come, first served flu shots are offered to anyone who is six months and older.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe infection in the nose, throat, and lungs. Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.

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The sooner you get vaccinated the better, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends early vaccination because it takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

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