Influenza “flu” season is coming and you need to prepare now. The very best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women, young children, and the elderly especially need flu shots because they are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. There are different types of flu vaccines this year and Public Health encourages you to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see which one is best for you. Getting your flu shot earlier in the season gives your immune system time to build up before being exposed to circulating flu viruses. When looking for a place to get a flu shot, you can go to your doctor’s office, your pharmacy, or a public flu clinic. If you do not have health insurance or your insurance does not cover the flu shot, you can come to Public Health for your flu shot.
Penn Yan Rite Aid Pharmacy public flu clinics are being held for anyone 3 years and older on:
- Tuesday, September 24th 11:30-1:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium on 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan
- Saturday, September 28th 9:00 – 12:00pm at the Keuka Commons Building located at Keuka College on 141 Central Ave in Keuka Park.
- Tuesday, October 22nd 11:30-1:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium on 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan.
In addition to the flu shot, other important steps to take to prevent the flu are washing your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs, good cough & sneeze habits using a tissue or the bend of your arm, and staying home from work, school and community events if you are ill. For more information, call 315-536-5160