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In 2020, Flu Shots Are More Important than Ever

UPDATE: The flu clinic events will last as long as supplies last, so some events may end early if supplies run out. Events offer both regular dose and high dose, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to check our website Calendar page here and our Facebook page for day-of event updates.

We have also implemented a new Beebe Community Flu Hotline (302-291-6FLU) to direct community members to the most up-to-date flu clinic schedule and information. 

With the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, it is now more important than ever to make sure you and your family have the annual flu shot.

Flu shots can prevent flu. For those who get the flu shot and still get flu, their illness is much less severe and often lasts for fewer days. Did you know that the flu shot prevents millions of illnesses every year in the United States? Or that having a flu shot prevents thousands of hospitalizations each year?

Beebe Healthcare is joining the movement to increase flu vaccinations this year by hosting Vaccinate in 48, an effort to vaccinate as many Beebe team members as possible in 48 hours. This year - the first year - more than 70% of team members were vaccinated during 48 hours in September.

At the community flu clinics - of which there are 48 events in 2020 - Beebe supplies both the standard dose and high dose flu vaccines. High dose vaccines will be available while supplies last. The flu clinics are first come, first served - no appointments. In addition, all flu vaccines are preservative-free and are free of thimerasol/mercury.

Interpreting Services will be available at South Coastal Health Campus.

Anyone interested in donating can direct donations to Beebe Medical Foundation c/o Population Health Special Needs Fund to assist those most in need. Contact Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900.


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. And, during this time of COVID-19 that 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.

All of the upcoming flu clinics can be found on our Events page by searching Screening/Clinic.


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.


Beebe to Host FREE Community Flu Clinics 2020

Due to COVID-19, the FREE flu clinics for 2020 will be drive-thru events. The events will last as long as supplies last, so some events may end early if supplies run out. All of the upcoming flu clinics can be found on our Events page by searching Screening/Clinic.