November 15, 2011
Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu shot. But how about getting a flu shot in the comfort of your own home?
Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue will be offering in-home flu shots to Humboldt County residents from Monday, November 28, through Friday, December 2.
Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available. Cost is $25, payable by cash or check.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. This year's flu vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic.
"This is one way to shield yourself and your loved ones this flu season," said HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer, who spearheaded the idea for the door-to-door service.
"Our goal is to protect our community and this is the easiest, most comfortable way we know how to do that."
Songer asked that local residents call (775) 623-5222, ext. 263 before Friday, November 25, to schedule their in-home flu shot. That will allow local crews to ensure they have enough vaccine for the community.
Once administered, the vaccine will take approximately two weeks to protect against prevalent flu strains.
"Our recommendation follows that of the Centers for Disease Control," said Songer. "We absolutely recommend that everyone from 6 months and older get a flu shot."
Songer continued, "Flu can cause serious illness and even death and this is one simple shot that can provide protection throughout the coming flu season."
For more information on HGH EMS Rescue's in-home flu shot program or to schedule an appointment for your in-home flu shot, please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 263.