Flu Season is Here

September 23, 2015

Do your part to keep our community’s protective shield strong! Get a Flu Shot!
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. - Simple choices can make a big difference. Make the choice to get a flu vaccine this year. During the past 2014 – 2015 flu season, North Carolina recorded its highest number of flu-associated deaths in the past six years. Flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over 65, children under five, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.  By getting a flu shot you protect yourself, your family and our community!
Flu vaccine is available at your medical provider’s office, most pharmacies, and at our Immunization Clinic at 53 South French Broad Ave. in downtown Asheville, across the street from the United Way.  Parking is free and no appointment is required Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm.  Anyone six months and older may receive a flu vaccine, or any vaccine, at this location.  We also encourage folks to stop by after work for our extended clinic hours on Oct. 12-13th and Oct. 21-22nd.  We will be open until 6 pm on these dates and hope to see you there.
BCHHS Immunization Clinic offers several forms of vaccine.  Flu mist, a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, is recommended for healthy individuals who are 2 years – 49 years old. “Regular” flu shots are available for anyone over 6 months of age. “High dose” flu shots are available and recommended for adults 65 years and older.  A regular flu shot costs $38, Flu mist costs $40 and “high-dose” flu shots costs $53. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and self-pay (cash, check, debit card).  Those with no insurance may qualify for free vaccine.
“The flu can cause fever, chills and body aches and can be unpredictably serious and even deadly. Because the body's immune response from the flu vaccine wears off over the course of a year and because the vaccine is made to target the different flu virus strains we expect to see that season, it is important to get the vaccine every flu season,” said Buncombe County Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Mullendore.
Other steps such as proper handwashing with soap and water, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and staying home until you are fever free can help prevent the spread of the flu virus. For more information about getting the flu vaccine or other immunizations, please visit our website at www.buncombecounty.org/flu.