It’s flu season again and the Community Health Center of Richmond has you covered. Flu shots are free for people who are 19 years old and younger and $20 for adults over 19. No appointment is necessary.
The CHCR flu shot clinic is open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at our center at 235 Port Richmond Avenue in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island. Walk-ins are welcome. We’ll be providing flu shots throughout the 2013-2014 flu season, which typically lasts until February. It’s better to get a shot now to increase your immunity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccine. Influenza vaccines are formulated each year to provide protection for the strains of virus believed to be most likely to cause illness. Because the flu virus is constantly changing, you need a new vaccine each year.
While a vaccine may be your best protection against the flu, it is also wise to take common-sense daily precautions. Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to avoid picking up flu germ. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat a healthy diet to boost your immunity. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms—fever, cough, sore throat and body aches—stay home to avoid spreading germs and contact your healthcare provider. Anti-viral drugs can lessen the severity of the flu if given early in the course of the illness.