“Flu shots are still available at all Bingham Memorial’s physician offices and 1st Choice Urgent Care.”
With the flu season officially underway, we wanted to remind you that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. As long as the flu is circulating and causing illness, which will continue through March, getting a flu shot can still be extremely beneficial.
Despite numerous reports indicating the importance of the flu vaccination, many of our residents remain unvaccinated. It is important that every resident take preventative measures and is vaccinated against influenza.
Getting vaccinated is not just about you. It’s about the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a regular basis as well. The more protected you are against the flu, the more protected the public will be as well. While everyone should get a flu shot, certain people are especially encouraged:
- Anyone suffering from chronic lung or heart disease
- Children under 5 and those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old
- Healthcare workers
- Household contacts and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, including breastfeeding women
- People who live in extended-care facilities or nursing homes
- Pregnant women or those who may become pregnant during flu season
The flu vaccine will continue to serve as the best, first-line of defense for Idahoans. By getting a simple flu shot, you will have some level of cross-protection from various strains which will help to reduce the severity and duration of most flu infections.
For those who have yet to receive a flu vaccine this season—especially children and the elderly—it is not too late. The vaccine only takes up to 2 weeks to achieve full effectiveness, and, with the flu season continuing through March, there’s still time to protect yourself and the ones you love.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.
All Bingham Memorial family medicine offices and 1st Choice Urgent Care have received the 2015-16 flu shots. They are covered with most insurance plans or available for $20.00 without insurance. For more information and all locations, please call (208) 785-4100.