WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Fall has arrived and the Forsyth County public health officials are urging residents to protect themselves and loved ones again this year against the flu virus.
The seasonal flu vaccine will be available at the Forsyth County Health Department beginning Oct. 1 at no cost, while supplies last.
The vaccine will be available in Clinic 3, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-12 noon Friday.
In the United States, the flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
“We urge everyone to get vaccinated and reduce the chances of spreading seasonal flu to others,” says Marlon Hunter, Health Director.
Generally, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
*Not everyone with flu will have a fever.
In addition to vaccination, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health also recommends:
• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue promptly.
• Washing hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer.
• Staying home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.
For more information about flu shots or other vaccination services offered by Forsyth County Department of Public Health, call 336-703-3100 or visit www.forsyth.cc/publichealth/