Don’t Forget the Flu Clinic

Don’t Forget the Flu Clinic

Don’t forget the “flu clinic” on October 3, 9:00 AM-Noon at the Verona Senior Center Health Fair. 

 The “flu season” is usually from October through May.  Remember the vaccine is not effective for the first 12-14 days after receiving the shot.  The flu is caused by influenza viruses and is considered a highly contagious respiratory infection.  Remember to cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands often.  In public restrooms, remember to use a paper towel to dry your hands and then turn off the faucets, and finally open the bathroom door before throwing away your paper towel.

Normally older adults, young children and those with specific health conditions are at higher risk for more serious flu complications including hospitalization and in some cases even death.  The greatest benefits of the vaccine have been observed among people 65 years of age and older.  High-dose flu shots like Hi-Dose Fluzone were specifically designed for people over 65. This vaccine is a specialized dose with 4 times the antigen (a substance that causes the immune system to produce antibodies) of a standard flu shot.  This makes it more effective.  As we grow older our immune system slows down, so we need that extra boost to avoid the risks that come with the flu season.  It is also a covered benefit under Medicare Part B.  Be safe, be vaccinated.

Nurse Barbara, RN