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MCPH Prepares for Flu Season, Vaccine Now Available

MCPH Prepares for Flu Season, Vaccine Now Available

Flu season will soon get underway in Mesa County. The flu vaccine is now available at Mesa County Public Health for anyone in the community ages six months old and older. Flu season runs from October through May, with cases typically peaking in January and February.

Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, body aches, and headache. The best way to protect yourself from the flu this fall and winter is to get vaccinated. It’s a safe and effective way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. 

Mesa County experienced one of its mildest flu seasons during the 2021-2022 season, with 18 hospitalizations. Every year the flu changes, so you need an updated version of the vaccine to ensure your body develops immunity to the most recent strain of the virus. After vaccination, it takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response.

 

DRIVE-THRU CLINICS:

Mesa County Public Health is hosting two drive-thru flu clinics in October. All residents are welcome. 

 

WHEN:

Saturday, October 15th from 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, October 29th from 9 AM – 1 PM

 

WHERE:

Mesa County Public Health parking lot

510 29 ½ Road

 

BRING:

ID

Insurance Card

 

Flu vaccination is typically covered by insurance. For those who do not have insurance, the flu vaccine will be free at the drive-thru clinics.

Appointments are also available at the Public Health Clinic at Mesa County Public Health during regular business hours to get the flu shot. Call 970-248-6906 to schedule an appointment.