(KUTV) Flu season is quickly approaching which is why now is the time to get your annual flu shot. Melinda Gonzales, a pharmacist at Intermountain Riverton Hospital stopped by KUTV to go over all things flu.
When is the best time to get a flu shot?
It’s best to get a flu shot early in the season. It takes a couple of weeks after you get the shot to build up immunity. Peak for getting flu is Dec-Feb. October through May is flu season.
Who should get a flu shot?
- Everyone who doesn’t want to get the flu should get a flu shot.
- Healthy people including children.
- The more people who get vaccinated, the less likely the flu will spread.
Who is more susceptible to getting the flu?
- Pregnant women
- Adults over age 50
- Children under age five
- People with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems
- People who live in nursing homes or work in healthcare facilities
Who should NOT get a flu shot?
- Babies less than 6 months old
- People with an active infection.
Why do so many people get the flu?
- Flu is spread by droplets in the air. It is very contagious!
- People are contagious several days before they have symptoms.
- If more healthy people get the flu vaccine, fewer people would get the flu.
How serious is the flu?
- The flu can lead to pneumonia, which can lead to death.
- During the 2014-2015 influenza season, approximately 1,400 Utah residents were hospitalized due to influenza.
- Nearly 1 in 12 Utah resident deaths (7.8%) had pneumonia and/or influenza listed as the cause of death.
What are the advantages of using the flu drive-thru?
- You don’t have to get out of the car.
- It’s faster and easier if you have several people in your family.
- It’s a great convenience for people with limited mobility.
What kind of staff will be providing drive-thru flu shots?
- All are pharmacists or registered nurses
- Several Primary Children’s Hospital nurses and pharmacists are specially trained to immunize children.
- Several on our staff also speak Spanish.
What is the cost?
- Riverton Hospital will accept Medicare, Medicaid, and SelectHealth insurance, which cover the cost.
- $39 for self-pay. Cash or check only. No credit cards.
When and where are the drive-thru flu shots available?
Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverton Hospital during the hospital's community health fair.