This fall, take time to get your annual flu vaccine. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause serious harm to children and older adults, including hospitalization and death. Receiving an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community.
McFarland Clinic now has flu vaccines available. Call your local office to schedule an appointment or find a Flu Clinic close to you.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination. Getting a vaccination is very important for certain people at high risk, including:
- Children younger than five but especially younger than two
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic medical conditions
In addition, people who live with or care for those at high risk of flu complications should receive a vaccination, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than six months of age
- Taking everyday preventive actions can further protect you from getting the flu.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread this way.
- Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. If you get the flu:
- Stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.
- Antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the medication.
For more flu information, visit the CDC.gov/Flu.