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:
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.