Beebe Healthcare is hosting free flu vaccination clinics for adults throughout Sussex County between Saturday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Nov. 21. Several of the clinics will also offer the COVID-19 bivalent booster.
Events offer both FLUARIX for adults age 18-64, and FLUAD for adults age 65+.
Community members can also call the Beebe Community Flu Hotline (302-291-6FLU) for the most up-to-date flu clinic schedule and information.
Prevent the Flu
The flu shot reduces the risk for yourself and your family. It means that instead of getting so sick you end up in the hospital, that you can recuperate at home, which can save you and your family a lot of worry and concern.
By getting the flu shot, you can prevent the spread of flu in our community.
Why Should I Get the Flu Shot?
Yearly vaccination is recommended because influenza vaccines are always changing. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 and over) at the clinics. Parents should contact their children's physician or the Division of Public Health for information about pediatric vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the following populations consider getting the influenza vaccination:
- People 50 to 64 years of age. Nearly one-third of people between the ages of 50 and 64 years of age in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at an increased risk for serious flu complications.
- People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group should get vaccinated. This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children up to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.
According to CDC, people at high risk for complications from influenza include:
- People 65 years and older.
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house those with long-term illnesses.
- Adults and children six months and older with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma.
- Adults and children six months and older who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicines or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV/AIDS]).
- Children 6 months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy. (Children given aspirin while they have influenza are at risk of Reye's syndrome.).
- Women who are pregnant during influenza season.
- All children 6 to 23 months of age.
- People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders).
If you become ill with the influenza virus, make sure to rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco, and take medication to relieve symptoms. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without consulting a physician. In some cases, physicians may choose to prescribe certain antiviral drugs to treat influenza. Antibiotics do not cure influenza, which is caused by a virus.