In October flu shot clinic locations start to spring up all over the Greater Phoenix area and throughout Arizona. Here is what you need to know about the flu, and how to find a place to get a flu shot in Phoenix.
October and November are typically the best months in which to get a flu shot. Since peak flu season in Arizona starts in February, you can still get a flu shot in December or January.
Every year in this country between 5% and 20% of the population gets the flu. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in an average year in Arizona more than 4,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 700 people die from flu.
The people who are most at risk of developing the flu are:
- people that are 65 or older
- children older than 6 months old
- pregnant women
- health care workers
- people with chronic medical conditions, like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, dialysis patients, respiratory diseases, heart disease, AIDS, and high blood pressure.
- people who live with others who are at risk for flu-related complications.
This is not a comprehensive list. Consult your doctor to determine if you are at risk from complications associated with the flu.
There are several simple things that everyone can do to minimize the risk of getting and/or spreading the flu. If you are sick, stay at home and stay away from large gatherings, like holiday parties. Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently during the day. Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when you sneeze or cough.
Of course, your personal physician can administer the flu shot for you and it will probably be free if you have medical insurance. If you work with a large company, your employer may be offering flu shot clinics. Pharmacies like Walgreen's and CVS, and pharmacies within stores like Fry's, Safeway, and Costco around town usually have flu shot clinics where walk-ins can get a flu shot during certain hours at specified locations. Community health centers also often offer flu shots.
A great resources to help you to find a flu shot clinic in the Phoenix area is Community Information and Referral.
If you are unsure about getting a flu shot, these key facts about flu vaccines should answer your questions.
No matter where you go for your flu shot, make sure you call first to determine whether or not your insurance coverage is acceptable there or if there will be a fee.
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