Many people have made the resolution to stay healthy in the new year. Some have taken to the gym and started diets. Health officials remind you that flu vaccinations are great way to stay healthy without breaking a sweat.
If you haven’t received your flu shots, there’s no time like now. They’re free, and there’s a large supply of both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots at the New Hanover County Health Department.
“My schedule’s kinda crazy,” Brett Fuller said as she got her shot, “so I came out today because I just happen to be off work and I figured no better time to get my flu shot.”
In an effort to prevent yet another wave of Swine Flu, President Obama declared this week National Influenza Vaccination Week, and people are taking advantage of the free vaccines.
“I actually heard they were giving the H1N1 and the seasonal flu shots without an appointment,” Anne Hinds said while waiting with her daughter. “It’s been hard to get an appointment with her in school, and since we were out this way, I thought I would bring her here.”
The New Hanover County Health Department will give vaccinations all week or until supplies last. The Health Department suggests receiving both seasonal and swine flu vaccinations. It also suggests getting yours early in the week to make sure you don’t miss out.
The Health Department says people tend to think that after the holidays, flu season is over, but many are still getting sick, and flu season continues through March.
“I guess it’s just scary knowing a lot of people have been sick and a lot of people have gotten really sick,” Hinds said. “Just a lot of stuff going around we thought we better be protected.”
Folks who came out today said they want to do everything they possible can to avoid getting the flu and ensuring their health.
“My mom’s a nurse, so she’s been all over my back about it, and I really rather not get sick, to be honest with you, so I’m trying not to take any chances,” Fuller said.
The Columbus County Health Department is offering no appointment H1N1 vaccines Tuesday from 1 until 5 p.m. The Pender County Health Department is offering free vaccinations by appointment Friday and in county schools all week.