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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Flu shots now available at JCPH clinic

Public health nurse gives a flu shot

Jefferson County, Colo. — Last year’s flu season was the worst the U.S. has seen in years. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized, and more than 80,000 died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number includes 172 children — 80 percent of whom were not vaccinated against the flu.

The best way to protect yourself — and others — from influenza is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Flu shots are now available at the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) clinic, located in Lakewood at 645 Parfet Street.

“Last year in Colorado, we saw the highest number of influenza-associated hospitalizations reported in one season to-date,” said Kelly Conroy, Associate Director of Clinic Services at JCPH. “Getting our flu shots is the best way to protect ourselves and others, and we encourage everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated.”

There are several important reasons why everyone who is able should get vaccinated against the flu:

  1. The flu shot helps protect those around you who need it most, including those who can’t get vaccinated. — Even if you are not part of an at-risk population, like children under age 5, adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, residents of long-term care facilities and those with weakened immune systems, it’s important for you to get the flu shot. In addition to those who are most at risk of serious illness from the flu, some people are unable to get the vaccine, like infants younger than 6 months, those with vaccine allergies and those with some serious complications. By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself, but protecting those in the population who are most at risk of contracting and getting seriously ill from influenza. To learn more, watch this video on flu vaccination.

  2. Even if you get the flu, the flu shot will prevent you from getting as sick and help you bounce back faster. — It’s still possible to get the flu even if you get vaccinated, because you may have encountered the virus when your body was still vulnerable, or you may be exposed to a strain of the virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. However, according to a 2018 CDC-supported study, a vaccinated adult who was admitted to the hospital with the flu was 59 percent less likely to be put into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) than an adult who had not been vaccinated. Another study in 2017 showed flu vaccination reduced the number of admissions into the ICU, the length of stay in the ICU, the duration of hospital stays and overall, the number of deaths related to the flu.

  3. Vaccines, including the flu shot, are proven to be safe. — There is no risk of getting the flu from the influenza vaccine. Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective ways to control the spread of diseases in our community. After you get a flu shot, your arm may be a little sore, and in extreme cases, you may feel a little “off” afterward, but the majority of people have no negative side effects.

  4. Flu season is off to an early start. — In Colorado, two people have already been hospitalized due to the flu, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the first flu-related death of the year was confirmed last week in Kentucky.

  5. Flu shots are affordable and easily accessible. — Flu shots are available by appointment only at the JCPH clinic in Lakewood. We provide these immunizations, as well as any other immunizations a family may need, and we are able to bill to Medicaid and several private insurances. We offer both translation and interpretation services for our clients. For a full list of our clinic’s hours, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/2104/Immunizations. To make an appointment for a flu shot, please call the clinic at 303-239-7078. 


About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.


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