2020 Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information
The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is holding FREE seasonal Flu Clinics. Flu Season is on-going. We would like to get ahead of what is considered “peak” time in the flu cycle.
Influenza (otherwise known as the flu) is a highly contagious Infection of the respiratory system caused by the influenza virus. Illness can occur less than 24 hours after infection, with signs and symptoms ranging from mild to severe, such as a sore throat, runny nose, high fever, body aches, and potentially death.
Prevention strategies against all flu includes frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when sneezing and /or coughing, and not sharing items that you put in your mouth. However, the best solution to prevent the flu is to receive a flu vaccination. The flu virus changes continuously and last year’s vaccine will not necessarily be effective against this year’s flu virus.
For patients (both children and adults) to be vaccinated: the Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination will help determine if there is any reason you our your child shoud not receive the inactivated injectable influenza vaccination. If you answer “yes” to any question, it does not necessarily mean you (or your child) should not be vaccinated; it just means additional questions must be asked. If a question is not clear, please ask your healthcare provider to explain it.