“People need to be aware that it’s important to already be communicating with their doctor or calling the county health department for their flu shot,” Burnsed said.
Young children, pregnant women and adults with chronic health conditions are most at risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
It’s important for parents and people around young children to get flu shots, he said.
Anyone older than 6 months is encouraged to get a flu vaccination. Doctors’ offices, county health departments and some pharmacies offer the flu vaccine, and some offer the vaccine through a nasal mist, similar to nasal spray. A high-dose flu vaccination is available for people older than 65 to offer extra protection. Also, some clinics have an intradermal flu shot that uses a smaller needle.