Everyone ages six months and older should get a flu shot. Many places in the community offer flu shots including primary care physicians and pharmacies. The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment offers flu shots to persons six months and older who have no other access to the shot. To make an appointment with the health department, call 719-583-4380.
Flu shots are recommended every year as flu types change and vaccines are updated to provide the best protection against the current year’s flu. It takes about two weeks after someone gets the shot to become fully protected.
You can’t get the flu from the shot; however, you may get side effects from the shot such as:
- Soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
While these symptoms may be bothersome, they are mild compared to having the flu.
To prevent the flu:
- Get your flu shot. Even if you got a flu shot last flu season, you will still need to get the shot again for this flu season.
- Stop the spread of germs. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or a sleeve, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home and keep children home if sick with flu symptoms for at least 24-hours after fever ends without the help of fever reducing medicine. Take anti-viral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
For more information about flu prevention visit pueblohealth.org.