Vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season is being produced and will be available in late summer and fall. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Flu viruses circulate at low levels during summer. CDC recommends prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs for people who are very sick with flu and people who are at high risk of flu complications who get flu.
Influenza Vaccine information Statement
Long Beach Island Health Department Flu Shot Clinics
Regular and High dose (65+) available
Flu shots are free if enrolled in non HMO Medicare Part B
All others $25, Cash or Check accepted
Minors 5 years of age and older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu–related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu–related complications.
Good Health Habits
Vaccination is Not the Only Way to Help Prevent the Flu
These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you from getting sick:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water, and eating good food, will help you stay healthy in the winter and all year.
Source: Centers for Disease Control