Public Health Urges Early Vaccination Against the Flu
Vaccination is the Best Way to Protect Yourself
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible, as vaccination is the best protection against seasonal flu viruses.
Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps protect you once flu season starts in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected, so make plans to get vaccinated today.
Getting a flu shot not only helps protect you, it also helps protect others who may be at risk of complications from the flu,” said Public Health’s Medical Director, Michael Dohn, MD. “People with weakened immune systems, the elderly and the young are particularly at risk of flu complications.”
Flu shots are available through your doctor, clinics, and pharmacies. Public Health’s clinic located in the Reibold Building in downtown Dayton also provides vaccinations by appointment. To make an appointment call 937-225-4550.
The flu is an illness that causes fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. It is usually spread from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing. Flu season in Ohio can begin as early as October and run as late as March. However, it is not uncommon for sporadic cases to appear throughout the year.
To protect yourself against the flu:
- Get a flu shot as soon as possible
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.
Those with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.