It’s not too late to get your flu shot!
Influenza (flu) is here in Yates County and in our region. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of severe flu complications. It is not too late - get vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.
Flu can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes death. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever, or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea, however this is more common in children
It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. Call your healthcare provider’s office or local pharmacy to see if they have flu vaccine.
Take everyday precautions to reduce the spread of germs:
Avoid close contact with people that are sick, or avoid contact with others if you are sick. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses. Stay home and call your healthcare provider to arrange for necessary testing and to see if you can take antivirals to help prevent serious illness.
Yates County Public Health has flu vaccine available for individuals who have no health insurance or for those with health insurance that does not cover the flu vaccine. Call our office at 315-536-5160 to see if you are eligible.
Helpful websites to learn more about Influenza and vaccination: