Health Department Offering Flu Shots

(KCPW News) The Salt Lake Valley Health Department will begin offering flu vaccines tomorrow at five locations. November through May is typically when people get the flu. Immunization Coordinator Sharon Moon says most people start getting their shots in October, but she says the Centers for Disease Control suggests getting them as early as August.

“People never know when they’re going to get exposed to someone else who has the flu or get exposed to that virus, so it’s best to be protected and there is really no reason not to get it,” she says.

The department is offering the injectable flu vaccine for $25 dollars, along with the nasal FluMist for $34.

Moon says although the mist is more expensive, it’s thought to be more effective in children.

“A lot of children get the nasal and of course they don’t have that terror from the injection. It’s for ages two through 49 years of age. The injectable flu vaccine is for everyone six months of age and older,” says Moon.

Clinics that offer the vaccines are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. They’re given on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Salt Lake Valley Health Department’s website for more information.