LBI Health Department Offers High-Dose Flu Vaccine for SeniorsStandard Flu Shot Also Available
Current flu activity in the country is low, but influenza cases often begin to increase in October, reports the Long Beach Island Health Department, which recommends an annual vaccine to reduce the risk of the flu.
The standard flu shot is now available at the health department, in Ship Bottom, as is the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine for adults 65 years of age and older. “Older adults have less of an immune response to the regular flu vaccine,” the department explains. “High-dose flu vaccine causes the immune system to produce a higher level of immunity and, therefore, better protection against the flu virus. The side effects are the same as the regular dose.”
While the best way to prevent flu is vaccination, the health department also offers the following tips to help stop the spread of germs and prevent illness:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when ill to prevent spreading illness to others.
• Cover mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing.
• Wash hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone in the household, work place or classroom is ill; get enough sleep; be physically active; manage stress; drink plenty of fluids; and eat nutritious food.
For more information about influenza, the high-dose vaccine and hand hygiene, visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.
The health department’s flu clinic schedule will be posted on its website, lbihealth.com. Or call the department at 609-492-1212 for details. —J.K.-H.