Garfield County Public Health provides flu vaccinations by appointment and through special walk-in clinics.
The Fall 2013 flu clinic schedule will be announced in September 2013.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect against the flu.
• fever (usually high)
• headache, muscle aches
• extreme tiredness
• dry cough, sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose
• muscle aches
• nausea, vomiting
One more shot to go with your flu
Public Health is encouraging adults to consider getting a second vaccine while they are coming in for a flu shot. It is recommended that all adults receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) shot. It is suggested that all adults get a Tdap but even more so, those who live with or take care of infants. The Tdap protects against pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be fatal for infants and is often spread by adults. The health department also offers the pneumonia vaccine for anyone age 19-64 who has chronic health problems or smokes.
People who should NOT be vaccinated include:
• People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs,
• People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination,
• People who have developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine,
• Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group), and
• People who have a moderate to severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated).