Get your flu shot now – it takes about two weeks to be effective.
The influenza season half a world away in Australia has health officials in the U.S. preparing for a bad outbreak. Cases have been diagnosed in Fayette County, and providers within Norton Healthcare have had a few patients test positive just within the past week.
Australian health experts warn that the flu season was longer in duration and there were more diagnosed cases than the previous record year in 2017.
Norton Healthcare has begun vaccinating its more than 15,000 employees and several patients in the hospitals along with their immediate family members. The vaccine is available through Norton Community Medical Associates primary care offices, Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations and Norton Immediate Care Centers.
Need Your Flu Shot?
Norton Healthcare offers multiple locations for getting your flu shot, including primary care providers’ offices, Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations and Norton Immediate Care Centers.
“Before flu season hits full force, we have flu vaccine season,” said Paul S. Schulz, M.D., infectious diseases specialist with Norton Infectious Disease Specialists and system epidemiologist for Norton Healthcare. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone be vaccinated before the end of October to allow for the antibodies to build immunity in their system, which takes about two weeks.”
Norton Healthcare physicians’ offices and Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations will offer vaccinations beginning in October. High-risk patients may be able to get it sooner by contacting their provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over 6 months old get a flu shot. Children receiving their very first flu shot will need two doses spaced four weeks apart. If a child under 9 has received only one flu shot in his or her lifetime, that child also will need two doses. That means these children should get their first dose as soon as possible.