Middlesex County 2020-2021 Flu Shot Information

Submitted by cchern on Thu, 10/29/2020 - 13:20
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The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering FREE flu shots to Middlesex County residents 6 months of age and over that meet a set of criteria: 

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/Office-of-Health-Services.aspx

 

Influenza (flu) severity varies from year to year, but flu always brings serious consequences. The prevention of influenza is important every year, but the COVID-19 pandemic means preventing influenza during 2020–21 is more important than ever. Although the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary, overall, the vaccine significantly lowers the risk of influenza-related illness, hospitalization, and death.

Influenza and COVID-19 share many symptoms. Both COVID-19 and flu can spread from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Both are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the illness (COVID-19 or flu) cough, sneeze, or talk. Both are respiratory illnesses that are contagious, but because they are caused by different viruses, it is possible to have both at the same time.​ The biggest difference, however, is that unlike COVID-19, there IS a vaccine to help protect yourself and loved ones from flu.

Habits that help reduce the spread of flu include:

  • Get a seasonal Flu shot every year.
  • Wear a mask in public or when within 6 feet of other individuals.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean your hands often. (Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers in your purse, car, and backpack, when soap and water is not available.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw away your used tissue.
  • Get regular exercise, enough rest, and eat healthy, balanced meals.