Here comes the next turnstile of the changing season. The Visiting Nurse Association will begin making flu shots available September 16.
The VNA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone age six-months and older receive a flu immunization each year. And the VNA says you should act quickly to avoid long lines and crowds that develop once the flu actually hits.
The season can start as early as October and has the possibility to run through May. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
VNA offers flu immunizations at public and workplace clinics throughout Omaha, Council Bluffs and the surrounding communities.
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Getting the flu vaccine is the first step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones against this serious disease.
Additionally, there are many preventative steps you can take to stay well this flu season, such as avoiding contact with others who are sick, staying home when you are ill, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, washing your hands often and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Practice other healthy habits to help prevent the flu: get plenty of sleep, be active, manage your stress, drink fluids and eat nutritious foods.