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Ask the Expert: What you need to know about this year's flu shot

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Ask the Expert - What you need to know about this year's flu shot

(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

Source: https://ibis.health.utah.gov/indicator/important_facts/ImmInflAdu.html


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.

Source: https://ibis.health.utah.gov/indicator/view/InflCas.Year.html

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.



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