Flu Season 2020-2021
The flu season is here and it's time to get your flu shot. Why is the flu shot important? When the majority of the population receives the flu shot, it creates a buffer between the virus and the most vulnerable populations like children and the elderly. According to the CDC, getting the flu shot may not stop you from contracting the virus, but you may not experience the more severe symptoms that require hospitalization or cause death.
It is especially important to get a flu shot this year with COVID-19 still circulating. Getting the flu shot will not only help protect yourself and our community, but also our healthcare system from being overrun with even more sick patients.
Who Should Get A Flu Shot?
We recommend everyone from age 6 months on to get the flu shot every year. Some people are more at risk for the flu including older adults, young children, pregnant women, and people with some chronic health conditions. Older adults, particularly those over 65, are especially at risk of serious complications from the flu. People with conditions such as heart disease, asthma, HIV, or diabetes are at greater risk for developing serious flu complications.
If you or your family members have not gotten the flu shot yet please speak with your healthcare provider and check out the variety of resources below to ensure this year you all get the flu shot, not the flu!
As with COVID-19, if you get the flu you can spread it to other people who are close to you. Keeping yourself safe and healthy is a great way to care for people you know and love.
Where Can I Get A Flu Shot?
Park County Drive-Up Flu Clinic
Park County’s Drive-up Flu Vaccine Clinic will be on Thursday October 22 10 AM– 6 PM at the Park County Public Health and Human Services office located at 825 Clark Street, Fairplay, CO 80440
Please call Public Health at 303-816-5948 or fill out a registration form here, to schedule an appointment. This clinic is for adults aged 18 and older. Please call to schedule an in-office appointment for children ages 6 months - 17 years old.
The drive-up clinic is by appointment only. Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment time, you will remain in your car and nursing staff will handle everything while you stay seated in your vehicle. Please wear a mask and short-sleeve shirt. Please follow all instructions given by the staff.
We can bill most Medicare plans and Medicaid and there will be no cost to the individual. We are unable to accept private insurance. The Cost is $20.00 and we accept cash or check. No one will be turned away for their inability to pay.
9Health Fairs Are Back
Mark your calendars and register today for the Annual 9Health Fairs at these nearby locations: at the Alma Town Hall on October 10 from 7 AM - 3 PM and at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey on October 17th from 8 AM – 1 PM. Safety is their priority; therefore you must register online in order to make an appointment for services. Visit https://onlinereg.9healthfair.org/ to make your appointment today!
Safeway And King Soopers – Walk-Ins Welcome
Local pharmacies located inside Safeway and King Soopers are making it easy to protect yourself and your family with flu shots, made available at no cost to the individual with most insurance (no co-payment unless required by your plan). Walk-ins are welcome, so get your vaccination today. Click below to learn more about safety precautions, facts about the flu, and how to get your vaccination today.
How Can I Prevent The Flu?
To protect against the flu, as with COVID-19, follow these THREE simple steps:
- Take time to get a flu shot.
- Take everyday preventive actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw it in the trash after you use it and wash your hands.
- If you get sick with flu, take prescription antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
Remember, early treatment and Prevention is especially important for people 65 and older, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.