HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Need a flu shot? The Madison County Health Department is offering them for free.
In the United States, flu season occurs in the winter; and the flu outbreaks can happen during the peak, as early as October and can last as late as May. Influenza viruses cause the flu and spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Clinics scheduled, to date, include:
- Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Chase Park Church of Christ, 1640 Winchester Rd NE, Huntsville, Ala. 35811
- Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Madison City Hall, 100 Hughes Road, Madison, Ala. 36758
- Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (break for lunch: 12:00 noon to 1 p.m.). New Hope Children’s Clinic, 5300 Main Drive, New Hope, Ala. 35760
- Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Madison City Hall, 100 Hughes Road, Madison, Ala. 36758
Additional flu clinics will be announced as scheduled.
Participants should bring their insurance cards, such as Blue Advantage, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare health insurance cards.
Getting an annual flu vaccination is important, because each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more become hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 200,000 Americans undergo hospitalization each year with the flu, and that those deaths due to flu have ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths annually.
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school, as well as prevent hospitalization.
For more information about flu, visit Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease, http://adph.org/influenza/, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016; or call the Health Information Office of the Madison County Health Department, 256-533-8679.