Flu Season Has Arrived
As leaves change color and days get shorter, flu season arrives which means it is time to think about getting a flu shot. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot every year.
Almost Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend everyone six months and older get a flu shot each year. Additionally, it’s especially important for certain people to get vaccinated either because they are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at higher risk for developing flu-related complications.
People at a higher risk include:
- Children younger than 5 (especially children younger than 2 years old)
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have medical conditions including:
- Neurological conditions
- Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis
- Heart disease such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease
- Blood disorders such as sickle cell disease
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication such as people with HIV or AIDS, cancer, or those on chronic steroids
- People who are morbidly obese
Other people for whom vaccination is especially important include those who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, health care workers, and household contacts of persons at higher risk for complications from the flu.
Where To Get a Flu Shot
Flu shots are available at many physicians’ offices and pharmacies throughout Cochise County. In addition, flu shots will be administered at all regular Cochise Health and Social Services immunization clinics. Walk-in flu clinics are being held at the following locations for adults and children:
|1415 Melody Lane, Bldg A|
|520-432-9400||Wednesday, December 20||8AM-12PM & 1-5PM|
|Sierra Vista Clinic|
|4115 E. Foothills Drive|
|Wednesday, December 13||8:30-11AM|
|1012 N. G Ave|
|Tuesday, December 19||9-11:30AM & 1:30-4PM|
|126 W. 5th Street|
|520-586-8200||Friday, December 15||8AM-12PM & 1-4PM|
|450 S. Haskell Avenue|
|520-384-7100||Friday, December 29||8AM-12PM & 1-4PM|
Please call your local clinic for possible scheduling alternatives.
The cost of the shot is $25 for adults and free for un- or under-insured children and adults. Private insurance may be billed for insured children. CHSS will bill for adults covered by traditional Medicare insurance. CHSS is not contracted to bill Medicare Advantage and private insurance companies for adults, so those patients will be responsible for the $25 cost; however, no patients will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay.