St. Joseph County Health Officer encouraging all citizens to receive flu vaccine

St. Joseph County Health Officer is encouraging all citizens to t receive a flu this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that this year’s flu season has begun much earlier than normal and is already impacting other states throughout the country. The CDC also stated that those who have become infected with the flu have been much sicker than in recent years.

The flu is a viral disease that is easily prevented with a flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age be immunized every year for the flu. Those particularly at risk for complications from the flu are the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and the very young. Flu shots are available at physician offices, most pharmacies and the Health Department’s two clinics. No appointment is needed if visiting one of the Health Department’s locations. If receiving your shot at the Health Department, cost is $25 cash, credit card, or is free with Medicare Part B.

Two local places in the community are holding flu vaccination events at the following locations and times.

South Bend Location- 227 W. Jefferson Blvd, 9th Floor, County-City Building
Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. & 1-4 p.m.

Mishawaka Location- 219 Lincolnway W., County Services Building
Monday-Friday 8-12 p.m. & 1:30–4 p.m.

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