Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics & Information
According to the Centers for Disease Control seasonal influenza can start circulating as early as October and can end as late as May. Cochise Health & Social Services is committed to providing seasonal flu vaccinations to County residents every year. Our goal this year is to provide shots to those residents who were unable to receive a shot through other local resources.
To learn more about the availability of flu shots in your area and to get adult or child shot clinic schedules please contact the clinic nearest you or view the clinic schedule:
Who Should Get A Seasonal Flu Shot
People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
- Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday,
- People 50 years of age and older,
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu, including:
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
- Healthcare workers
What's Included in the Seasonal Flu Shot This Year?
The seasonal flu shot is all-in-one this year. Based on the FDA recommendation, the new seasonal flu vaccine to be used in the 2011-2012 influenza season will contain the following:
- an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus,
- an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)–like virus, and
- a B/Colorado/06/2017–like virus (Victoria lineage)
And in the quadrivalent vaccine there is an additional:
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage)
The seasonal flu vaccine is usually a trivalent vaccine (a three component vaccine) with each component selected to protect against one of the three groups of influenza viruses circulating most commonly in humans.
What You Can Do to Avoid Getting Sick:
With or without a flu shot, good, common-sense health habits are a great way for every Cochise County resident to help themselves—and those around them—stay healthy:
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid close contact.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze—but not with your hands!
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Cochise Health & Social Services reminds all residents that getting a flu shot is not a 100% guarantee against catching the flu. But, there are many easy, common-sense precautions everyone can take to stay as healthy as possible this winter, with or without a flu shot.