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Department of Health offers free drive-thru flu shot clinic next month

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Gustavo Carr | 11 October, 2019, 14:26

The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get vaccinated, and October is the flawless time to get your shot - right before flu is expected to hit. Many jurisdictions encourage the public to get the flu vaccine, which protects against both influenza A and B, officials said.

"Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year's influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date the week of October 21", Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.

It's important for everyone to get vaccinated, Epperson said.

"As much as 10 percent of the USA workforce will get the flu this year, with 17 million workdays lost as a result", said Cline.

A high-dose vaccine called Fluzone is recommended for adults age 65 and older when available.

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Since babies under the age of 6 months can not be vaccinated, moms, dads and others who are around these infants should get vaccinated so the baby doesn't catch the flu, he said.

Typically flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Payment options include cash, credit (Visa/Mastercard), Medicare, Medicaid, most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Blue Care Network, and additional insurances.

A Mesa County man has been hospitalized with the flu. The United States had two different waves of flu, the first caused by H1N1 viruses and the second caused by H3N2 viruses.

The Stephens County Health Department advises those wanting a flu shot to choose clothing that allows access to the upper arm.