Influenza “flu” season is coming and the public needs to prepare now. Sara Christensen, Supervising Public Health Nurse at Yates County Public Health says the best thing a person 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. Those with no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the flu shot, can come to Public Health in the Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan for a flu shot.