Did you know Ohio’s flu vaccination coverage for the 2012 to 2013 flu season was the highest in history? According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of Ohioans older than 6 months of age received their flu vaccine. And because October marks the beginning of yet another flu season, at Home Care Assistance of Columbus we wanted to spread awareness to make this another record year for vaccination coverage.
The flu isn’t circulating in Ohio yet, making it the ideal time to take advantage of the flu vaccine. Columbus senior care experts state that it takes about two weeks for your body to build immunity after receiving the shot, so the sooner you receive the vaccination, the better. For those with aging loved ones, encourage them to visit the nearest pharmacy or clinic, as many are providing the flu vaccine at a very low cost. Here are a few places to go in central Ohio:
Hours: Mon – Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 6pm
- Arlington Urgent Care
Hours: Mon – Tues 8am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 4pm
- Kroger Pharmacy
Hours: Mon – Fri 8am to pm, Sat 9am to 7pm, Sun 10am to 6pm
Although the flu can make anyone sick, older adults are at greater risk for serious complications, making it extremely important for them to get the vaccine. For those who are still wary about the flu shot, it has proven to be both safe and effective. There are little to no side effects, with the most common reaction being mild soreness and redness at the injection site.
Need help getting to a local pharmacy or clinic? Ask friends, family members or even a reliable Columbus hourly home caregiver to drive and accompany you.
For more information about the flu, senior health, or care services available to seniors in Columbus, contact a Care Manager today at 614-481-8888.