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Copley Hospital Prepares for Flu Season with Community Flu Vaccine Clinics

October 17, 2019

Copley Hospital is offering public flu vaccine clinics for adults beginning November 18.  There are many reasons why you should get the flu vaccine, the most important being that it not only protects you, it protects those around you.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated before the flu begins spreading in their community. Generally, flu season in the United States runs from October to May, with peak season between December and March. When getting your vaccine, keep in mind that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to protect against flu to develop in your body.

Copley Hospital will offer flu shot clinics for the public on the following dates at the Wellness Center located in the Health Center Building, 2nd floor:

Monday, November 18; 9:00 – 11:00am                       Thursday, November 21; 2:00 – 4:00pm

If you have insurance, we ask that you bring your insurance card so we can bill accordingly. Cash or checks will be accepted for those without insurance.

Vaccination Fees (for those paying by cash/check):

Vaccine for those under 65 years of age = $42
Vaccine for those 65 years of age and older = $101

In addition to getting your vaccine, everyone should practice good health habits, including:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Cold or Flu, what’s the difference?

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel awful for a few days, flu symptoms can make you quite ill for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The flu can also result in serious complications such as dehydration, pneumonia and hospitalization. If you have flu symptoms, see your provider. Flu symptoms include:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Who should get the flu vaccine? The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older, especially people at high risk and their caregivers, get vaccinated. Those considered at high risk include:

  • people who have certain medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and a weakened immune system
  • people 65 and older
  • pregnant women
  • anyone who has regular contact with high-risk populations
  • people living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • household contacts and caregivers of people with the medical conditions listed above

Should you have any questions regarding the seasonal flu vaccine, or the dates and times of Copley’s Flu Vaccine clinics, contact the Hospital’s Wellness Center at 802-888-8369.