Dutchess County health officials strongly recommend flu vaccination this season

Friday, 09 Oct, 2020

According to the provincial government's Economic Dashboard, 35 per cent of southeastern Albertans got flu vaccinations in 2017 - the past year data is available. "Seasonal flu is a serious threat to your personal health and to public health, and we recommend to the people of Erie County in the strongest possible terms that they get a flu vaccine, and get it soon".

I'll get right to it: health professionals around the country, including the California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Beach Cities Health District, are calling on people to get vaccinated against this contagious respiratory illness that affects thousands of people each year.

"With the [flu] vaccine, we can certainly significantly minimize the number of people who die from the flu, and that's precisely what has happened", says Barksdale.

Flu shots are available by appointment only at PharmaSave, and anyone coming in will need to fill out a COVID-19 screen before coming in. It can also take longer for people to show COVID-19 symptoms, and many people are contagious for longer. The flu vaccine is an additional layer of protection for the community's most vulnerable.

Children under age five can only be vaccinated by a doctor or public health. In that time, you could get a cold or a respiratory virus. She says getting both the flu and COVID-19 would be "catastrophic" for some people due to the danger of both illnesses compounding one another.

Everyone ages 6 months and older. "If you have questions, please check with your physician or pharmacist".

And the influenza vaccine has no medical benefit against COVID-19.

- The flu vaccine will be free while supplies last and no appointment is needed. Don't delay. The best protection comes before the flu season starts in early winter, and it takes up to two weeks to develop antibodies.

Where can one get a flu vaccine?

Vaccines will also be available in local pharmacies like they do every flu season.

The CDC notes, however, that some employer-sponsored health plans that were in operation before the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 may not cover immunizations - so check with your health insurance provider. Additionally, in partnership with Kroger Pharmacy, the university is greatly expanding the number of locations and opportunities for flu vaccinations for students, faculty and staff, including new locations at the President's Pavilion at Kroger Field (near Gates 9 and 10), The 90 and Gatton Student Center beginning October 18 and continuing through October 31. The Health Department continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at the Alstom site seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m.