The Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) now has flu vaccine available.
A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications. Anyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot, especially those with serious health conditions, health care workers, and care-givers of the elderly and young.
The Montgomery County Health Department is offering the flu shot for ages 6 months and older as well as the High Dose flu shot for adults 65 and older. We are not offering the nasal spray as it has been found to be ineffective and is no longer recommended. Two doses of flu vaccine are recommended a month apart for children ages 6 months-8 years who have not had 2 or more previous doses of the flu shot before July 1, 2017 (any nasal spray flu vaccination should not be counted). With the exception of High Dose, the health department is using quadrivalent vaccine which offers protection against two influenza A strains (including H1N1) and two influenza B strains.
MCHD accepts most private insurances as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and self-pay. Walk-ins are welcome.
In addition to getting your flu shot, practice good health habits to prevent the spread of flu at home, work, and school:
● Wash your hands with soap and water often or use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, which spreads germs easily.
● Avoid close contact with sick people when possible. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
● Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. You can also bend your arm at the elbow, and cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
● If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home from work and school, and don’t run errands for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides.
● Stay healthy. Get plenty of rest and exercise, drink lots of fluids, and eat well.
Please call MCHD at 859-498-3808 with any questions. Flu vaccines are also available in other locations in the community.
For more information about fighting flu, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.