|Daviess Community Hospital now has seasonal flu vaccine available to the public through their Home Care Program.
People can get a vaccine for the seasonal flu on a walk-in basis at the hospital’s Home Care Services Building on the corner of N.E. 14th Street and Memorial Avenue in Washington. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $25 and Medicare billing is available.
Flu is an unpredictable and contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death, especially for people at high risk of serious complications. It is caused by a virus and generally spreads across the U.S. in late fall or winter and tapers off in the spring.
Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given is possible. Other side affects include a low grade fever and aches. People who have a moderate to severe illness with a fever should wait until they are well to get a flu vaccination. Others, like those allergic to eggs or who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past, should avoid getting one altogether.
Debbie Burris, RN, DCH Home Care and Hospice Nurse Manager (left) administers a flu vaccine to hospital CEO, David Bixler. The hospital is again providing seasonal flu vaccines to the public at their Home Health Care Services building located at N.E. 14th Street and Memorial Avenue in Washington. Cost is $25 and Medicare billing is available.