Share Good Cheer, Not the Flu, This Season

Share Good Cheer, Not the Flu, This Season
FluAccording to Health Director;Gibbie Harris, Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BC HHS), a few cases of flu are beginning to occur in our area and there have been 3 deaths from flu illness in North Carolina. Instead of risking the flu this holiday season, be a hero and protect yourself and those you care about by following these simple steps prevent spreading and getting the flu:

*Cover your cough
*Wash your hands
*Stay home if you are sick
*Get a flu shot

The Center for Disease Control recommends that all individuals over 6 months of age get the flu vaccine every year.  Flu vaccine is effective for a whole year and is usually available from your health care provider, drug stores and grocery stores. Also, Buncombe County Health and Human Services, located at 400 ;Coxe Ave in downtown Asheville, offers flu mist and flu shots.  No appointment is needed, parking is available and they are open M - F, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Cost of flu vaccine at BC HHS Flu mist, costs $33, is recommended for healthy individuals, ages 2 & up.  Regular flu shot, costs $26, is available for anyone over 6 months old; and High dose flu shot, costs $42,  for adults 65 years and older .  HHS accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and self-pay (cash, check/debit, or credit card). Those with no insurance may qualify for no cost vaccine based on eligibility. For more information about the flu vaccine, please call the Flu Hotline at 250-6400 or visit http://buncombecounty.org/flu  for links to flu posters and updates.