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Health Department Providing Seasonal Flu Vaccine

ZEBULON - The Pike County Health Department is now providing seasonal flu vaccine by appointment on Fridays and allowing walk-ins on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. To make an appointment call 1-800-847-4262.

Vaccine will be available for anyone over the age of 6 months. The cost of the vaccine is $25.00 but most major insurances are accepted.

While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu, causing hospitalization or even death, such as:
• Older people
• Young children
• People with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long-term conditions, and
• Pregnant women

Much of the U.S. population is at high risk from serious flu complications either because of their age or because they have a medical condition like asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart conditions, or because they are pregnant. People with a health condition should receive a flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread, and they can affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Take the following steps to reduce chances of getting/spreading respiratory infections:
• Wash your hands regularly
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Keep household surfaces clean
• Don’t attend work or school when ill
• Don’t share glasses or eating utensils

Submitted 9.30.20