December 2020: Flu Vaccination Week

December 1-6 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

The typical flu season runs October through May. A yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older is the first and most important step in protecting against this potentially serious disease.

The “flu shot” is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The CDC has determined that receiving the flu vaccine does NOT cause flu, nor is it associated in any way with later onset of autism in children.

While vaccination should optimally occur before the onset of flu activity in the community, providers should continue to offer and encourage vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating and vaccines are available. For children ages 6 months through 8 years, two doses may be required. Consult with your provider.

Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a flu shot. The cost for self-pay is $25. There is a program to cover the cost of a flu shot for veterans – ask your provider/pharmacist for details.

Flu shots are available at Uintah Basin Healthcare. Most providers accept walk-ins. You can also go to the Roosevelt or Vernal Basin Clinic Urgent Cares, UBMC or DVMC Pharmacies, or use our drive-thru option at the Roosevelt Home Health building.

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