It's that time of year again for annual flu shots.
Karen Brown, Director of Nursing at the Jackson County Health Department, says everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine. The vaccine will be available starting September 18th. Brown says the flu season traditionally runs from October to May, but is here year round. She says the flu season is unpredictable, and last year's flu season was worse than that of 2011.
New this year is a nasal mist, in place of a shot for the flu vaccine. The mist is for people who qualify and are between the ages of 2 and 49, are not pregnant and do not have asthma. The pneumonia shot is also available, and is primarily for adults 65 and older. The pneumonia shot is a onetime vaccine.
For information on pricing, insurance, locations and more, call the Jackson County Health Department at 618-684-3143.