For Immediate Release
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Get Your Flu Shot and Your Bivalent Booster at the Same Time Starting Next Week
Rowan County Public Health will begin offering flu vaccines starting Monday, October 3, 2022. For the majority of people, October is generally the best time to get vaccinated. By getting your flu shot at this time, you should have enough protection to last throughout flu season. The annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Influenza (flu) is nothing to take lightly, and it can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death. Flu can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work, school, or family events, or it can result in a more serious illness. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help reduce the risk of getting flu and any of its potentially serious complications. While some people who get a flu vaccine may still get sick with influenza, a flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness.
In addition to making an appointment for your flu shot, please know that you can also make an appointment to receive your bivalent booster at the same time. If you are at least 2 months out from your last COVID-19 shot, either since your last booster or since completing your primary series, you are now eligible for the new bivalent booster. Pfizer’s bivalent booster shot is for anyone twelve and older, whereas the Moderna bivalent booster is for anyone over eighteen.
If you are interested in getting your flu shot, starting your COVID-19 vaccination series, and/or receiving your Moderna or Pfizer bivalent booster, please call Rowan County Public Health at 704-216-8863 to make an appointment. Due to the high volume of calls, you may need to leave your name and phone number. If this is the case, please know that one of our staff will follow up with you as soon as possible to make an appointment for you. We thank you in advance for your patience.
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