LEE COUNTY - Lee County Health Department (LCHD) will have flu shot clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. starting November 1, 2023 at LCHD offices (#3 John Bennett Drive) in Fort Madison.
“The indoor season presents unique challenges as enclosed spaces often help contribute to the increased transmission of respiratory viruses,” said Amy Hayes, LCHD Immunization Nurse. “We want to remind our community members to make sure they and their loved ones are staying on top of getting flu vaccines – in addition to following proper hand hygiene and increasing space and distance between yourself and others – to mitigate these risks and create a safer environment for everyone.”
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, it’s also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember to cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or complications in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.
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