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Flu Information
Where To Get A Flu Shot

Flu vaccine is available in many locations throughout Springfield and the surrounding areas. Seasonal flu clinics focusing on certain populations have begun in Springfield. Find out if you qualify and where to go. Otherwise, contact your healthcare provider or input your ZIP code at Flu.gov to find a listing of locations providing shots at this time.

As of Dec. 9, 2013, there have been a total of 20 confirmed cases of the flu this season in Greene County.


General Information
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department partners with agencies throughout the community to provide influenza vaccinations to protect people against the flu. It is easy to get vaccinated and it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

A few reminders about getting vaccinated:
  • Everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to be vaccinated
  • Get vaccinated early. Flu shots are typically available starting in early October 
  • Most flu vaccine available this year will protect against the three most common flu virus strains now circulating, including the H1N1 virus. At some locations, a new type of vaccine that protects against four common virus strains is available. This new vaccine provides broader protection, but the three-virus shot is still very effective and widely available
  • Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses
  • Talk to your doctor about getting your influenza vaccine
  • Flu vaccine is safe. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration works closely flu shot providers to ensure the highest level of safety standards for flu vaccines. For more information about flu vaccine safety, see http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/.

High Risk Categories

Certain people have a high risk of serious complications from the flu. It is especially important for people in high risk categories to get vaccinated against the flu.

High risk categories include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Senior adults
  • People with chronic health conditions
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Certain neurological conditions
  • Health care workers
  • Caregivers for those in high risk categories
  • Caregivers for infants 6 months of age or younger

For more information on health conditions that may put you at high risk, see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm and talk to your doctor or health care provider. 


Pregnant Women
Flu vaccination helps protect women and their unborn babies from getting the flu. Flu vaccination may even help protect your baby from the flu after your baby is born. Flu shots are safe for pregnant women and their unborn babies. The shot has been recommended for pregnant women for many years. Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccination during your pregnancy.

Parents
Flu can be a very serious illness for children of all ages. It can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and rarely, even death. Be sure to provide best protection from the flu by getting your child vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for protecting children with asthma, diabetes or other health conditions. Children under the age of 9 that have never had a seasonal flu vaccine should get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Talk to your child’s doctor or health care provider about getting flu vaccine.

Prevention
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also help prevent the spread of many viruses by practicing proven disease prevention methods. This includes:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and then wash your hands with soap as soon as you are able.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever (typicaly defined as 101 degrees or above) is gone, without using fever-reducing medicine. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Call your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about illness.