Q. How do I find a flu clinic near me?

A. Go to www.LorainCountyFlu.com/fluclinics to view a virtual map and calendar of upcoming flu clinics in Lorain County. There are many easy to find places for you to get your flu shot quickly near where you live, work, pray, or play!

Q. Who should get a flu shot?

A. All people 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year.  Especially, people who are at risk of severe flu and their close contacts including:

  • People with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
  • Pregnant Women (and women up to two weeks postpartum)
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2
  • People 65 years of age and older

Q. When should I get my flu shot?

A. Influenza infection can occur year round. However, in Northeast Ohio influenza usually peaks between January and March. We have flu shots for different ages to follow best practice strategies developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In general, everyone ages 6 months old and older should receive a yearly flu vaccine.

Children under 9 years of age will need 2 doses of the vaccine the first year they are vaccinated. The second dose should be given at least 28 days (4 weeks) after the first dose. If a child needs 2 doses, it is best to begin the process early so that the child is protected before flu season starts circulating.

Q. How long is a regular flu shot good for?

A. A flu shot provides protection against common flu strains contained through one flu season. It is important to get a flu vaccine every year; even if you got vaccinated last season. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season for all. But you’re not fully protected until 2 weeks after getting a flu shot.

Q. Is the flu dangerous for children to have?

A. Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Children are more likely to get the flu because their immune systems are still developing.

  • Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu complications.
  • Some children can die from the flu this year. During the 2016-17 flu season, CDC confirmed 104 deaths in children from flu-related complications.
  • Severe flu-related complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
  • Children with chronic health problems like asthma and diabetes are at a high risk of developing serious flu complications.

Q. What are the symptoms of the flu?

A. Flu is a respiratory illness. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Q. Will new strains of flu circulate this season?

A. Flu viruses are constantly changing, so it's not unusual for new flu virus strains to appear each year. For more information about how flu viruses change, visit “How the Flu Virus Changes.”

Q. Can you get a seasonal flu shot if you are not feeling well?

A. If you are sick with a fever when you go to get your flu shot, talk to your doctor or nurse about getting your shot at a later date. However, you can get a flu shot if you have a respiratory illness without a fever; or if you have another mild illness.

Definitely talk to your doctor before getting a flu shot if you have:

  • Ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs
  • Ever had a severe allergic reaction to a previous flu shot
  • A history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

Q. What are signs of a fever?

A. CDC defines fever as a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). 

Q. How can I keep from getting sick and spreading flu to others?

A. Families, employees, students, and school staff can keep from getting sick with the flu in three ways:

  1. Wash hands often:  Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners if soap and water are not available for an effective cleaning. (See the Handwashing Video.)
  2. Cover your cough/sneeze: Flu spreads from person to person in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
  3. Keep sick at home: Keeping sick at home means not sharing illness where you work, pray and play. Everyone can take action to prevent the flu from spreading.

Q. I am allergic to eggs. Can I receive a flu shot even though I am allergic to eggs?

A. The recommendation for vaccination of people with egg allergies has changed. 

People with egg allergies can receive any licensed, recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine and no longer have to wait 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. People who have severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting by a healthcare provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

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