Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health
Get a Flu Shot! It’s the Best Way to Fight the Flu
Flu season is here! Health officials recommend receiving a flu vaccine every year. It’s the first and most important step to protect youand your family from the flu. Now is a good time to get vaccinated as it takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and it can cause mild to severe illness. Each year, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from the flu or the medical complications it causes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The flu vaccine has a number of important benefits. Not only can it reduce flu illness, but it can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school due to flu, which leaves you more time to enjoy with family and friends. Importantly, flu vaccine has also been shown to reduce the risk of flu hospitalization.
Flu shots are approved and recommended for everyone 6 months and over, including pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. Because flu can cause serious illness, getting vaccinated against flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from flu (i.e. pregnant women, young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions) as well as the people around them. So, your flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you.
The Board of Health is offering free flu shots to all Bedford residents each Wednesday in December from 2 to 3 pm in the Board of Health office, 12 Mudge Way (yellow building behind Town Hall), 2nd Floor. It is important for you to bring your insurance cards to this event as we may be able to be reimbursed for the administration and/or cost of the flu vaccine. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and we ask that anyone receiving a vaccination wear clothing that allows for easy access to their arm for vaccine administration.