Flu shots are available at drugstores, doctors’ offices… and at a school near you.
Get a Flu Shot – Somewhere!
If you have seen the movie Contagion, you have seen how a virus like the flu can quickly and easily travel around the world. Fortunately, seasonal flu isn’t usually as deadly for most people as the virus in the movie, but it can be for some. This is exactly why public health officials urge everyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu vaccine every year.
The Buncombe County Department of Health would like for everyone to get a flu shot wherever it is most convenient for them. To help make that a little easier, the Department of Health, in partnership with Maxim Healthcare, is taking flu clinics to seven schools throughout the County. Because of this, the Department of Health will NOT have a flu clinic at the mall this year.
Flu vaccine clinics, for anyone 6 months of age and above, will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the following locations:
October 10 Owen Middle School
October 11 AC Reynolds High School
October 12 TC Roberson High School
October 13 Asheville Middle School
October 17 North Windy Ridge
October 18 Enka Middle School
October 19 Erwin High School
Flu shots will be $24, and flu mist will be available for $29. Payment may be made by cash or check; however credit cards may not be used. Most insurance carriers will be accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare Part B, if the cards are presented. Children through 18 years of age, who are not covered by insurance, may qualify for a flu shot at no cost.
Because it is still prevalent, the H1N1 strain is a part of the seasonal flu vaccine again this year. Since H1N1 affects healthy young adults and children, it is particularly important that they receive a vaccine. Public health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and above have a flu shot, unless there is a medical reason that they cannot. It is also important that parents, grandparents and other caregivers of infants less than 6 months get a flu shot.
Having a flu shot not only protects the person who gets it.
It also protects others by helping to prevent flu from spreading.
Buncombe County also posted the following info about what to do in the case of a contagious disease outbreak (Once again citing the "Contagion" movie)
“Contagion”: Deadly Viruses ARE Possible
Watch the movie “Contagion” and then you’ll ask: “Could this really happen?” “What would I do if it did?” Public Health officials give some answers: A lethal pandemic quickly spreads as the medical community races to find a vaccine and people struggle to survive in the thriller “Contagion,” in theaters now.Yes, it is possible for a new, deadly virus to emerge anywhere, at any time. And yes, there are ways you can be prepared. Making a kit for home is a great first step.
In the case of such an outbreak, the CDC will work with state and local health departments to find the cause and to control the contagious disease outbreak. In the meantime, you can protect yourself by washing your hands, staying away from ill people, and if necessary, being prepared to “shelter in place” or stay at home for a period of time.
Almost every year, a novel (new) flu virus appears and the CDC works to develop and distribute a vaccine to prevent a widespread outbreak. The H1N1 virus that first emerged in 2009 is a well-known example of a new strain of flu that public health at the national, state and local level worked to contain. H1N1 remains a prevalent strain this year and is included again in this year’s vaccine.
This fall the Buncombe County Department of Health asks that the public do two things:
1. Create a preparedness kit so you can “shelter in place” or stay at home for a period of time. Being prepared will not only help you during a flu or disease outbreak, it can also come in handy during winter storms or other emergencies. For information about being prepared including a list of suggested items to have in your kit, go to buncombecounty.org/preparedness.
2. Everyone over the age of 6 months should have a flu shot. This will help prevent the spread of the virus to those who cannot take the vaccine.
Contagion illustrates a disease situation that none of us ever wants to experience. We can all help to prevent illness with three simple steps:
* Wash hands often
* Cover coughs and sneezes
* Stay home when you or your child is sick
These three simple steps cannot be emphasized enough!