Flu Clinic open today until 8pm - 10/6/2015
Joseph V. Sowmick - October 07, 2015
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer gives a “shot-out” to the Nimkee Public Health staff as they offer their walk-in flu shot clinic from 8am to 8pm today in the Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center located at 2591 South Leaton Road in Mt. Pleasant. The flu shots are available at no change for Tribal members and Tribal employees. Public Health Nurses Twila and Sue are ready to help you and your family make it through the flu season with a simple vaccine. The Mayo Clinic offers the following advice on the importance of getting your flu shot.
Q: Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?
New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last year's vaccine may not protect you from this year's viruses.
After vaccination, your immune system produces antibodies that will protect you from the vaccine viruses. In general, though, antibody levels start to decline over time — another reason to get a flu shot every year.
Q: Who should get the flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:
· Pregnant women
· Older adults
· Young children
Children between 6 months and 8 years may need two doses of flu vaccine, given at least four weeks apart, to be fully protected. Check with your child's health care provider.