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A Reminder to all Nevadans: Receiving a flu vaccine protects you and your loved ones
Early flu-related deaths across Nevada remind us that it’s not too late to receive a flu vaccine.
Nevada (Nov. 27, 2019) – Flu season has arrived in Nevada, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is already widespread across the state. Flu season will peak as the winter months settle in and the temperatures drop. With flu-related deaths being reported in northern and southern Nevada, getting vaccinated has never been more important. If you’re asking yourself, “is it too late to get vaccinated?” the answer is, “it’s never too late.” Get vaccinated today.
It is proven that your best defense against fighting the flu is to receive a flu vaccine. Nevada has many options for low-cost or no-cost flu vaccinations. Additionally, Immunize Nevada has a convenient list of locations on its website, www.immunizenevada.org/flu; the “Flu Vaccine Locations” tab allows you to find flu vaccine locations closest to you, anywhere in the state.
Remember that the flu vaccine can also be accessed at your local pharmacy, if available, bring your insurance card, your Medicaid, or Medicare card. Flu vaccines are covered under most insurance plans and are generally offered at an affordable cost. It is recommended to call your local pharmacy ahead of time to confirm that they have the vaccine available as well as accept your insurance provider.
Flu vaccines can also be accessed through your local federally qualified health center, such as Nevada Health Centers, FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, and Community Health Alliance. These can also be found within the “Flu Vaccine Locations” tab in the Immunize Nevada website. FQHC’s can also become a medical home for patients to receive other health services in addition to a flu vaccine.
Health districts located across the state also provide flu vaccines at a low-cost or no-cost option to the general public. It’s important to keep trying to receive the flu vaccine especially as the colder months come in and peak flu-season begins.
If you plan on traveling for the holidays, get vaccinated as soon as possible. It takes two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine for antibodies to develop and provide protection. Receiving a flu vaccine is the most effective way to keep yourself, your family, and loved ones protected against the potentially life-threatening virus.
If you contract the influenza virus, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. For details and other information about flu vaccine visit www.immunizenevada.org/flu.
Immunize Nevada is widely recognized as Nevada’s trusted resource for immunizations and community health for all ages by fostering education and statewide collaboration. Healthy communities across Nevada protected from vaccine-preventable disease. For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org.