It’s hard to imagine, but it’s almost flu season again.
At the Belmont County Health Department, their vaccine has arrived and several people have already come in for their flu shots.
The Health Department takes walk-ins every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
But, if you call ahead, you can make an appointment for another time as well.
If you are homebound or if you have a business or office in need of flu shots, the Health Department can come to *you*.
“They can call us and one of the nurses will schedule to come into the home to do their flu shots,” explained Belmont County Health Department Nursing Director Linda Mehl. “Also, if you have a business and you have a group of staff that are interested in the flu vaccine, then again, you would need to call and schedule and we can come on-site and do that.
You can call the Belmont County Health Department at 740-695-1202.
This year their vaccine protects against four different strains of the flu.
Mehl said it’s particularly important to get the shot if you are a caregiver of young infants or the elderly, so you don’t carry the flu to them.
She also explained that health officials used to urge people not to get the shot too early, saying it might wear off before the season is over.
Now Mehl added that they they know you can get it right away, and it will still be good for the whole flu season–no boosters necessary.
For more information you can also visit the Belmont County Health Department’s website belmontcountyhealth.com.