Fight the Flu this Season with Flu shot at no cost to you with most insurances

DATE: October 1, 2019
TO: DeKalb County News Media
FROM: DeKalb County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fight the Flu this Season with Flu shot at no cost to you with most insurances

Each flu season is different and influenza can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illness and hospitalizations.

The circulating viruses of every flu season are different and while many people contract influenza despite receiving the vaccine, the symptoms of those who received the vaccine are much less severe than if they had not received the vaccine. This year’s vaccine contains two A viruses that have been updated based on the viruses seen last year and two B viruses that are the same as last year’s vaccine.

DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is encouraging residents to follow CDC’s ‘3 Actions to Fight the Flu’ Campaign:
1. Get Vaccinated.
2. Help stop the spread of viruses by frequent hand washing with soap and water and clean and disinfect surfaces; cough into your elbow instead of your hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are sick stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
3. Take antiviral medication if your doctor prescribes them.

DCHD provides flu vaccines for adults and children starting at 6 months of age. A parent or guardian must accompany individuals under 18 years of age. Most PPO insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B are accepted with no cost to the client. Please bring all insurance cards and a photo ID. We are a Vaccine for Children (VFC) Provider.

No appointment necessary during Health Department hours of 8am-4pm.

To learn more about flu vaccinations, visit: https://health.dekalbcounty.org/services/flu-vaccinations/ or https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

For more information about the DeKalb County Health Department Services, visit https://health.dekalbcounty.org/ or follow us on social media.