The single best way to protect oneself from the flu is to get a flu shot. A flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses will be the most common during the upcoming season. The virus antigens in the vaccine change each year based upon international surveillance and scientific estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop and provide protection against influenza virus infection.
*For more information about the Flu Vaccine, go to CDC Influenza page.
When to get the Flu Vaccine:
The Center for Disease Control states, "You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses beginsspreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later."
Who can get a Flu Vaccine?
Everyone 6 months and up should get a flu vaccine each flu season.
*Each individual should consult his/her doctor before getting the flu shot to ensure they are getting the appropriate vaccine.
There are 3 different flu vaccines that the health department offers:
Regular Flu Vaccine: 6 months +
Flublok: *egg free*, for ages 50-64
High Dose: recommended for ages 65+
Flu Shot Clinics:
Ellis County Health Department is more than happy to send a nurse to your work, assisted living area, or to a home bound individual to receive a flu shot.
Please call our office to schedule a Flu Shot Clinic at 785-628-9440
*Ellis County Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and BCBS.