MCPH urges residents to get a flu immunization as soon as possible

Two Mesa County residents have been hospitalized due to flu since August, giving way to an early 2017-18 flu season. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response after immunization, so it’s key to get immunized sooner, rather than later.

“We typically see flu hospitalizations later in the year, during the flu season, which runs from October through May,” Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Epidemiology Program Manager Heidi Dragoo said. “This isn’t necessarily a sign that this year’s flu season will be worse than last year’s, but it’s definitely a good reminder for folks to get their flu immunization as soon as possible.

As the public health leader in thecounty, MCPH works to prevent the spread of illness by offering convenient options for residents to get immunized.

Adult Clinics (18 years and older)

  • October 18 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Health and Human Services Building, 510 29 ½ Road in Grand Junction.
  • Immunizations will be walk-in only; no appointments will be available on these days.
  • Residents are encouraged to bring their insurance cards, but those without insurance won’t be turned away.

On-Site Employee Clinics

  • Our staff can visit businesses to immunize employees for those who need the immunization, but can’t get away from work during those times.
  • To schedule a clinic, visit health.mesacounty.us and click on “On-Site-Flu-Shots.”

By Appointment

  • For children and adults.
  • Monday through Thursday from 8a.m.– 5p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. – Noon.
  • Call 970-248-6900 to schedule an appointment.

Influenza is a serious illness and can be deadly for older adults, infants and people with underlying medical conditions. Protect yourself and your community.

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