If you do not routinely receive your medical care at Williams Health Care Center and you are not 65 years or older, a written statement from your primary care physician stating the reason you are considered at high risk for the flu is required. You should talk with a doctor before getting a flu shot if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous dose of influenza vaccine or have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Persons who are not included in one of the priority groups described above are asked to forego or defer vaccination this season.
The best time to get a flu shot is in October or November. The flu season can peak anywhere from December through March, but most often it peaks in February. So getting the vaccine in December, or even later, can be beneficial in most years. Some people who get the flu vaccine may still get the flu, but they will usually get a milder case than those who did not get the shot, said Cindy Christman, WHHC manager.
“If you do fall in to one of the high risk categories mentioned above, we ask that you continue to watch the newspaper for updates or call the Williams Health Care Center periodically for new information. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unexpected situation,” Christman said.