With the weather turning colder, the DeKalb County Board of Health continues to recommend getting a flu vaccine. It is not too late to protect yourself.
To encourage people to get their flu vaccine, the Board of Health has reduced its price to $15. The Board of Health offers the regular, the intradermal, the nasal mist and the high-dose flu vaccines.
A flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age. It’s especially important that the following individuals get vaccinated because they are at high risk of serious flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5 years of age and especially children younger than 2 years of age
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- People who are morbidly obese (have a body mass index of 40 or greater)
- People who have a weakened immune system due to disease (like HIV/AIDS) or medication (like chronic steroids)
Also, it is important that the following be vaccinated:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for flu complications
- Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than six months of age
For more information about the flu vaccination and to learn about clinic locations and hours, visit www.dekalbhealth.net or call (404) 294-3700.