Though we posted about the importance of getting the flu vaccine a couple of weeks ago, it is worth mentioning again. As of January 11, 27 laboratory-confirmed deaths in North Carolina have been attributed to the flu this season. On Monday, an infant died in eastern North Carolina from influenza-related complications. Nearly half of the deaths have occurred in people between 25 and 49 years of age. 60% of the deaths have come in the last 3 weeks.
Flu season is far from over, and getting the flu vaccine can still protect you. So hurry in today! Flu vaccines are available at both the Pittsboro and Siler City clinics of the Chatham County Public Health Department, Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. You may call for an appointment at 919 742 5641 or 919 542 8220, or simply walk in.
For the last few years, this familiar message emerges around this time of the year, “It’s not too late to get your flu shot.” Once again, the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch and your local public health department are sending out a public plea to please get vaccinated. To date, there have been 13 deaths attributed to influenza in the 2013-14 season in North Carolina. Even though flu season is already well underway, you will still benefit from receiving the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are available at both the Pittsboro and Siler City clinics of the Chatham County Public Health Department, Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. You may call for an appointment at 919 742 5641 or 919 542 8220, or simply walk in. Click here!
As flu season gets underway, it is important to protect yourself with the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the most important step you can take to prevent the flu. Since it takes about two weeks for protection to develop after being vaccinated, be sure to get the vaccine as soon as possible. To get the vaccine, please schedule an appointment with the clinic near you. Appointments for Pittsboro can be made by calling 919-542-8220 and for Siler City by calling 919-742-5641.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and provides protection for one full flu season. Each year, a new vaccine is developed to prevent the most common types of the virus.
For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated, as the flu can lead to severe medical issues like pneumonia. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women, and people age 65 years and older. It is also important for caregivers or family members of people in these high risk groups to be vaccinated.
Flu shots are $30 and the flu nasal spray (mist) is $37. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, please be sure to bring in your insurance card as it may cover some or all of this cost.
For more information about the flu, vaccination, and scheduling an appointment with the Chatham County Public Health Department, please visit www.chathamnc.org/flu or call 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).
It is time to immunize again!
The CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine. For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women and people over 65 years old. If you are a caregiver or family member of people at high risk, you should also be vaccinated. Where can you get vaccinated in Chatham County? Click here to find out!
If you have been listening to the local news in any capacity, then you are well aware the influenza season is here in full force. The Chatham County Public Health Department is urging those who have not been vaccinated against the flu this season to do so as soon as possible. There is still time. Click here!