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With so much attention focused on COVID-19 this year, Wake County wants to make sure that you don’t forget to “take your shot” against the flu and get vaccinated.


Why is getting a flu shot important?

As the temperature starts to drop, people begin spending more time together indoors, making it much easier to share germs and catch viruses like the flu. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways you can avoid contracting the flu and sharing it with others.

Reducing the spread of the flu is especially important this year. Our healthcare community is battling two powerful respiratory viruses – the flu and COVID-19. If cases of both soar, local doctors’ offices and hospitals could become overwhelmed – a scenario we don’t want to see. While there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, there is a vaccine widely available for flu, and we encourage you to get your shot today.

 

Who should get vaccinated for the flu?

The short answer is EVERYONE!

More specifically, we recommend that children ages 5 and younger, and adults 65 and older get vaccinated, because they’re at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from flu.

We also advise that frontline workers, caregivers, first responders and people with underlying health conditions get a flu shot.

 

Where can I get a flu shot?

Wake County is hosting walk-in flu clinics from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at our Sunnybrook building in Raleigh on the following dates:

  • Dec. 2 
  • Dec. 9

You don’t have to have an appointment. Just come on in the Public Health Center at 10 Sunnybrook Road during that timeframe, and we’ll administer the flu vaccine. The cost is $30.

 

Do you offer free flu shots?

Yes! We offer free flu shots to pregnant women who don’t have health insurance, and children who are under age 19 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Uninsured or underinsured;
  • Medicaid eligible; or
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native.


What else can I do to protect myself and my family from the flu?

Lots of things. You can wash your hands frequently with soap and water, wear a mask, wipe down high-touch surfaces with antibacterial cleaners and avoid covering your coughs with your hands.




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