TAYLOR COUNTY—Starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 1, residents will be able to take advantage of a vaccine aimed at preventing an unwanted and sometimes deadly illness.
While many have been focused on the current Coronavirus pandemic, the months have ticked by and once again, flu season will soon be upon us. In an effort to keep the community healthy, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department (GTCHD) will be offering flu vaccinations at their location at 718 West Main Street, Grafton.
GTCHD officials have reported that they have received their supply of vaccinations and will begin administering them to those in the community that wish to arm themselves against that pesky flu virus.
While they plan to host drive thru flu clinics in the future, right now plans are still incomplete, but individuals can schedule an appointment to visit the department to receive their flu shots.
“We are currently in the works of coming up with possibly three dates for drive thru clinics, but plans are still ongoing,” said Grafton-Taylor County Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn. “So, for right now, community members are encouraged to contact the health department to schedule an appointment.”
Dr. David Bender, County Health Officer said that they would be ramping up their flu vaccination efforts in the coming weeks to ensure that those folks who wish to receive the vaccine get it in peak time.
“Very soon, we will be offering flu vaccine shots in conjunction with our free daily community COVID testing that is being conducted at our drive thru site,” said Thorn. “So, be sure to keep an eye out for information on that.”
Flu season usually occurs between November and March, but some cases have been known to fall outside of that time frame. Peak flu season typically hits in December and carries on until February and making sure you arm yourself against the virus is your best bet.
With it, the flu brings fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur.
Health officials suggest that anyone 6 months of age or older should get vaccinated to not only protect themselves but others in the community. Of course, those with underlying conditions, pregnant women and individuals with chronic conditions should seriously consider the vaccination, which could help prevent the flu and the potential complications that could arise from contracting it.
While receiving a flu vaccination does not mean that individuals will be immune from contracting the virus, the Centers for Disease Control has noted that studies have shown that those who receive the vaccine have reduced severity of the illness.
Bender expressed the importance this year of getting the vaccine saying, “getting the flu vaccine is always a good idea, but more so this year. Many of the symptoms of COVID are also symptoms associated with the flu, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Those wishing to receive a flu vaccine should call the GTCHD at 304-265-1288 to schedule an appointment today.