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Don't Forget Your Flu Shot!

Posted by on Monday, December 01, 2014

As you age, your immune system weakens. Seniors 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults. The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine. We recommend getting a seasonal flu vaccine soon after it becomes available in your community. Seniors 65 years and older have two flu shots available to choose from - a regular dose flu vaccine and a newer flu vaccine designed for people 65 and older with a higher dose. The high dose vaccine is associated with a stronger immune response to vaccination (higher antibody production). Always consult with your doctor before choosing a flu vaccine.

Ways to help prevent getting the flu:

  • Get your flu shot – Get vaccinated every year.  Immunity sets in about two weeks after vaccination.
  • Practice good health habits – including covering coughs, washing hands often, and avoiding people who are sick.
  • Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu like symptoms.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

SLC Locations for non-appointment flu vaccinations:

  • Salt Lake City Public Health Center - 610 South 200 East SLC, UT 84111      # 385.468.4225
  • Ellis R. Ship Public Health Center - 4535 South 5600 West WVC, UT 84121     # 385.468.3700
  • South Main Public Health Center - 3690 South Main Street SLC, UT 84114      # 385.468.4000
  • South East Public Health Center - 9340 South 700 East Sandy, UT 84070      # 385.468.4330
  • Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS pharmacies