Health Department Encourages Residents to get Flu Vaccine

The Wood County Health Department encourages residents to get a flu vaccine.

Getting a flu vaccine is a safe step people can take to prepare themselves and their family for any flu season, but is more important this year.

  • COVID-19 has made this year a challenge for everyone. You can reduce the chances of you or your family having to have to deal with flu this year by getting your flu shot now.
  • When you take steps to prevent getting the flu, it makes you less likely to have symptoms also common for COVID-19 that could keep you at home waiting for test results.
  • When the COVID-19 vaccine arrives, public health and health care professionals are going to be busy getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Getting your flu vaccine by the end of October is one way to can help us get ready.
  • Set aside time in your busy schedule for your flu vaccine now so you are prepared when the COVID-19 vaccine is ready.
  • Everyone, 6 months and older, is encouraged to get a yearly flu vaccine as it is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.
  • Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19; however, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important not only to reduce risk from the flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.