Flu season is just around the corner
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
It's almost that time of the year when the flu goes around, and some people are working to protect themselves before it hits.
On Tuesday, nurses were at Kanawha County Courthouse giving county employees flu shot vaccinations.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said the vaccine protects against four strains of the flu virus but not the common cold.
Stephanie DeWees, who’s the Clinical Nursing Director at the health department, said flu season starts in late October and early November and that's the busiest time with people looking to get the flu shot.
"Some people may have the comment that the flu shot makes them sick. It is not a live virus. It takes about two weeks to be effective, so instantaneously they may have already been exposed to the flu before they even got their flu shot,” said Stephanie DeWees, Clinical Nursing Director at the health department.
The Kanawha Charleston Health Department gives around 9,500 flu shots a year.
DeWees said she would like to see that number increase.
"I would say basically for your protection, you may not have got the flu disease in the past, but who's to say that this year may not be the year that you get the flu?” said DeWees. “We do have, for 65 years and older, the high dose flu that adds in a little bit extra protection as well."
The CDC recommends anyone six months or older to get a flu shot.