Local health officials say the protection offered by a seasonal flu shot is critical right now as the spread of COVID-19 continues.
The Marion County Public Health Department is offering a special drive-up flu shot clinic to reach at-risk residents on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. at its community building, 4012 N. Rural St., one block north of the health department’s main building.
This clinic, which will offer the flu vaccine at no cost, is designed for individuals with chronic medical conditions and those who are over age 65 that may be wary of going out into public to receive vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A person’s respiratory or immune system could become overwhelmed if they are infected with flu and COVID-19 at the same time, especially someone in a high-risk group,” said Marion County Public Health Director Dr. Virginia Caine. “Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.”
The clinic is also open to anyone who wants to get a flu shot before the upcoming holidays.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot each year.