It's not too late to get a Flu Shot!
As flu activity increases across the region, local health and public officials are reminding the public it’s not too late to get a flu shot. The Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) encourages everyone to protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the flu.
Several other Gaston County figures would like to share why they think getting the flu shot is important each year as well:
Pearl Burris-Floyd, former Gaston County Commissioner and current candidate for NC Commissioner of Labor shared, “I get the flu shot every year because I believe in taking care of myself. I grew up in a family of siblings with asthma and the last thing I would want to do is to not take the flu shot and run the risk of having a serious respiratory problem – because it doesn’t go away quickly and can leave you with symptoms through the entire winter. I want to live until I am old and I want to grow old being healthy!”
Dr. Kim Eagle, Gaston County Manager stated, “I get my flu shot each year to help ensure I don’t spread the flu to anyone I love. This couldn’t be more important around the holidays; we should be sharing gifts and time – not the flu – with each other!”
“Having the flu means losing a week of work and hours of valuable time spent with family and friends…Not to mention, the possibility of passing it on to your family!” said Gaston County Commissioner and N.C. Secretary of State Candidate Chad Brown. “I get my flu shot every year to make sure I’m doing everything I can to protect myself and those around me. Get your flu shot and wash your hands!”
“There really are no excuses,” said Chris Dobbins, Gaston County Health & Human Services Director. “It is easier than ever to get a flu vaccine: stop by your own doctor’s office, take a few minutes to swing by the pharmacy when you are grocery shopping, or come over to DHHS. It doesn’t matter where you get it, but it is important to get it early so you aren’t exposed before the vaccine has time to take effect. Remember: the flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from influenza.”
Gaston DHHS offers the flu shot Monday through Friday during normal operating hours. The public is encouraged to call 704-853-5003 to set an appointment to ensure they are seen in a timely manner.
Health officials also encourage everyone to begin practicing good prevention techniques as cold and flu season approaches:
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits – get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm to reduce the likelihood of spreading those germs.
- If you’re sick, stay home until your fever has been gone for 24 hours.