The Cabarrus Health Alliance is providing flu shots daily to anyone age 6 month or older at the Cabarrus County Human Services Building, 1307 S. Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, according to a health alliance news release.
The shots are offered 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $28.
To schedule an appointment call 704-920-1205.
"The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall," Dr. William F. Pilkington, Cabarrus County public health director, said.
This year's vaccines will include protections against the H1N1 (sometimes called "swine flu") and two strains of seasonal flu. The vaccines are available in shot or mist form.
A new high-dose flu vaccine also is available, specifically designed for people older than 65 to improve their immune response. The cost of the high-dose vaccine is $50.
If you bring your insurance card, Cabarrus Health Alliance will file Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CIGNA and Wellpath insurance.
The flu is a contagious illness. Droplets from coughing and sneezing spread the disease from person to person. The virus can be spread to others for 24 hours before you have symptoms and for five days after you've become sick.
Flu usually comes on suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Anyone can get the flu, and serious problems from flu can happen at any age.
To help prevent flu and other contagious diseases, follow these health habits:
Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with sick people. When you are sick, keep your distance from others.
Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands to help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs and viruses.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touches your eyes, nose or mouth.
For more information, call the Cabarrus Health Alliance Health at 704-920-1213 or visit www.cabarrushealth.org.