The Mesa County Public Health Clinic has flu vaccine available. If you hear from your physician’s office or a pharmacy that they are out of the flu vaccine, come see us. We want to inform our community that our clinic does still have the flu vaccine, including the high-dose option, recommended for those over the age of 65.
So far this season, two people have been hospitalized in Mesa County with the influenza virus. Flu is a serious illness and can be deadly for older adults, infants and people with underlying medical conditions, so vaccination is important for all community members. “We know that the flu vaccine is our best defense to fight the flu. We also know that if you do get the flu and you’ve been vaccinated, your symptoms will be less severe and it’s less likely you’ll be hospitalized,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr said. The vaccine takes two weeks to offer full protection.
It’s also vital to stay home if you’re sick so that you don’t spread illness at work or school. Good handwashing is also a great defense against the flu and any other illness that may be circulating.
The MCPH Clinic offers flu vaccination during regular business hours – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon – walk-ins are welcome, no appointment needed. Cost is not a barrier at the MCPH Clinic, we have options. We urge all residents who want to get a flu vaccine to come in and see us or give us a call with any questions.