Friday, September 27, 2013
While the weather outside may be deceiving, winter is not far off, and neither are the flu viruses that come along with it. So medical professionals say now is the perfect time to protect yourself.
"We know that every year that virus is changing," said Center for Women's Health Physician Assistant Sonia Hernandez. "So it is so important that everyone see their physician annually because you have to get protected that virus is still out there."
The flu virus could lead to complications such as pneumonia, even death, so everyone over the age of six months is encouraged to get a flu vaccine.
Starting Tuesday, October 1st, the Sedgwick County Health Department will be providing flu shots to uninsured adults 19 and older. The shots will also be given to uninsured children age 18 and younger, and children with state-sponsored insurance plans such as Medicaid, Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare or Sunflower. The clinic is located at 2716 W. Central in Wichita.
Hernandez says waiting until October will help insure the vaccine will last the entire flu season.
"We worry about that sometimes if you get it too early, that's why some people like to wait until a little bit later just so we make sure we've still got good antibodies or antigens there."
But keep in mind, it does take two weeks for the vaccine to start working. A link is available below with more information on where and how you can get a flu shot.