Influenza

Three steps to fighting the flu

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine—even if it proves to be less effective this year, some protection is better than none.

2. Take everyday preventive actions like covering coughs and sneezes, staying away from sick people and washing your hands often to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses including flu.

3. If you do get the flu, taking antiviral drugs prescribed by your doctor can lessen the severity and discomfort of the flu. 

Already feeling sick? Click the button below for a list of community resources and symptoms you should watch out for.

Flu in Greene County year over year

Why Vaccinate?

It is easy to get vaccinated and it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

A few reminders about getting vaccinated:

-Everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to be vaccinated

-Get vaccinated early. Flu shots are typically available starting in early October

-Flu vaccine will protect against the three or four (depending on the vaccine) most common flu viruses circulating this year

-Even if you were vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses

-Talk to your doctor about getting your influenza vaccine

-Flu vaccine is safe. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration work closely with vaccine manufacturers to ensure the highest level of safety standards for flu vaccines. For more information about flu vaccine safety, see this link.

Where To Get A Flu Shot

Flu vaccine is available in many locations throughout Springfield and the surrounding areas. Contact your healthcare provider or input your ZIP code at Flu.gov to find a listing of locations providing shots at this time. 

Pregnant Women

Flu vaccination helps protect women and their unborn babies from getting the flu. Flu vaccination may even help protect your baby from the flu after your baby is born. Flu shots are safe for pregnant women and their unborn babies. The shot has been recommended for pregnant women for many years. Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccination during your pregnancy.

Parents

Flu can be a very serious illness for children of all ages. It can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and rarely, even death. Be sure to provide best protection from the flu by getting your child vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for protecting children with asthma, diabetes or other health conditions. Children under the age of 9 that have never had a seasonal flu vaccine should get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Talk to your child’s doctor or health care provider about getting flu vaccine.

Prevention

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also help prevent the spread of many viruses by practicing proven disease prevention methods. This includes:

-Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and then wash your hands with soap as soon as you are able.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread.

-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

-If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without using fever-reducing medicine. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Call your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about illness.