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Health Department: It’s Not Too Late To Prevent The Flu

Jan 11, 2019

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health would like to remind residents that it’s not too late to take action to prevent the flu. Receiving the annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and family members from the influenza virus. 

Get your flu vaccination at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic, located at 1235 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every second and fourth Tuesday until 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcome except for Friday afternoon service, which is limited and available by appointment only.

The Health Department accepts Medicaid, Medicare Part B, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Tricare (Select and For Life) insurance. If paying out of pocket, the cost is based on the type of flu vaccine received. Uninsured children six months to 18 years old may receive the vaccination for free.

“It’s not too late to receive your flu shot. The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illness, and time out of work or school due to being sick with the flu,” said Krystle Vinson Cumberland County Department of Public Health Director of Nursing. “Even if you receive the flu vaccine and still get sick, a flu shot can reduce the severity of flu illness.  A flu vaccine can protect women during pregnancy and protect the baby for several months after childbirth.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine yearly. Flu vaccines are extremely important for people that are at higher-risk of complications from the flu, including children less than five years of age, adults that are 65 years of age or older, and pregnant women.  Additionally, the CDC reports that flu activity increases in the winter months, peaking around January and February. 

In addition to vaccinations, you can prevent the flu and other illnesses by:

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue properly.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water or, if not available, with an approved hand sanitizer.
  • Staying home when you are sick. Stay home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.

For more information about the 2018-2019 flu vaccine and season, please visit cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2018-2019.htm or call the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at 910-433-3600 or your primary care provider.