Fall is an enjoyable season full of harvests and festivals that mark the end of summer. This time of year also marks the beginning of flu season, which can last into May. As such, November is the right time for residents to get their flu shots.
Last yearís nationwide shortage of influenza vaccine led to flu shot rationing and limiting shots to members of high-risk groups Ė children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. Fortunately, there is no shortage this year, so all residents who want to reduce their chances of getting the flu can be vaccinated.
Itís very easy for Monroe County residents to find a flu clinic. Just call the countyís health information line at (585) 753-5600 to obtain a list of upcoming flu clinics in the area, as well as other heath care news. Residents can also visit the Monroe County government Web site at www.monroecounty.gov/org42.asp?storyID=6224 to gain the information. Residents who canít attend a flu clinic should contact their doctors and arrange to receive the vaccinations.
Remember, residents who are considered at high risk for contracting the flu, or work with people who may be, should take action today to schedule a flu vaccination. Being proactive and getting a flu shot will ensure a healthier holiday and winter season.