Officials from the Jackson County Department of Health and Schneck Medical Center are urging the public to get their flu shot this month.
Schneck Primary Care is making it easier to get a flu shot by hosting a drive-through clinic this weekend. Health care providers administer the vaccine while you are in your car.
The clinic will be available from 8 am to 2 pm Saturday in the parking garage of the Schneck Professional Building, Level 4, at the Hospital, 411 W. Tipton St., Seymour.
The vaccine is available in regular dose and high dose for people 65 years of age and older. The cost of the flu shot is covered by most insurance plans or through self-payment.
Vaccines will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 812-522-1613.
The Jackson County Department of Health, 801 W. Second St., Seymour, offers seasonal flu shots at the clinic by appointment only by calling 812-522-6667.
Rachel White, practice director for primary / urgent care at Schneck, who helps organize drive-thru and regular clinics at Schneck, said there were flu patients last year away from the number they normally see.
“Last year was pretty much all COVID, but this year we are already starting to see cases of the flu, which is a change from what we experienced last year,” said White said. “We are seeing both influenza type A and type B in our community right now.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal outbreaks of disease (known as flu season) almost every winter in the United States.
Influenza A viruses are the only influenza viruses known to cause influenza pandemics, which can occur when a new, very different influenza A virus emerges that infects people and has the ability to spread effectively between people.
Type B influenza is similar to type A in that it is also very contagious and can have dangerous health effects in more severe cases; however, this form can only be transmitted from human to human. Influenza type B can cause seasonal epidemics and be transmitted throughout the year.
Type C flu is the milder version of the flu. If infected, the symptoms will not be as damaging, according to healthline.com.
âLast year we were neck and neck with the two clinics we’ve already completed this year,â White said. âWe usually give between 150 and 200 doses at each of the clinics, and we’ve done pretty much the same this year. “
She said it looks like Schneck gave more flu shots last year, but there’s still the latest drive-through clinic coming up on Saturday.
The CDC recommends that once a healthcare facility receives flu shots, it can begin immunizing patients.
âWe’ve been giving them to the office since late August, but October is a good time to get one because you want to consider how long this vaccine is going to stay in your system,â White said. “You need a new flu shot every year, and usually the peak is around the end of January, early February, so you want it to be good and strong in your system with the vaccine during that time,” so October is a great time to get your flu shot and boost your immune system.
The flu is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with these infectious respiratory droplets.
People can also get infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the influenza virus and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.
There are many reasons why the annual flu shot is recommended for anyone 6 months of age or older.
The CDC says the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu and its potentially serious complications.
Getting the vaccine can also protect the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious influenza illness, such as babies and young children, the elderly, and people with certain chronic illnesses.
For a summary of the benefits of influenza vaccination and selected scientific studies that support the benefits, visit cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm.
Despite the many benefits offered by the flu shot, only about half of Americans receive an annual flu shot, and the flu continues to cause millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of people. death.