1. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get a flu shot. The vaccine is recommended for people ages 6 months and older.
2. The Whitley County Department of Health will provide flu vaccines to people with or without insurance.
3. Without insurance, flu shots cost $20 for adults and $8 for children.
4. Hate needles? Some locations offer a nasal spray alternative to the traditional flu shot.
5. Symptoms of the flu usually appear about two days after contraction, meaning you could be passing on the illness before you even realize you’re sick.
6. If left untreated, the flu can eventually lead to pneumonia, infections and the worsening of any chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure or diabetes.
7. Young children, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of complications from the flu.
8. The flu can cause anywhere between 12,000 and 49,000 deaths per year, even in otherwise healthy children and adults.
9. Getting a flu shot can help protect folks who aren’t able to get vaccinated for health reasons through “herd immunity.”
10. The Whitley County Department of Health’s immunization clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15-4 p.m.
Information for this list courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and the Whitley County Department of Health.