For many people, the flu means a week of discomfort: fever, headache, fatigue, aches, cough, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. However, for older adults and people with chronic conditions, the flu can be much more serious. They are vulnerable to developing complications, such as pneumonia, dehydration and the worsening of chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc). Flu complications often lead to hospital stays and, sometimes, complications can be fatal.
Getting a flu shot is the #1 BEST way to PROTECT yourself! Other ways include avoiding people who may be sick, covering your mouth and nose in public and washing your hands (A LOT!).
The flu virus changes each year, so it is important to get a flu shot each fall. Flu season can begin as early as September and can last as late as May. It is best to get the flu shot early in the season. This gives your body enough time to build up immunity to the flu virus. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to provide protection. If you are unable to get the flu shot early in the season, getting it later in the season is still beneficial.
Washington Regional Senior Health Clinic will begin its annual Flu Clinics on Thursday, September 21. The Flu Clinics are open to all Senior Health Clinic patients. You do not have to schedule an appointment, just walk in!
Thursday, September 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Pat Walker Center for Seniors
12 E. Appleby Road, Fayetteville, AR
Sources: CDC, 2017 and WebMD, 2016