Flu season is between October and May. The highest incidence of influenza is in between December and February. People who have the flu often feel some or all of the symptoms
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches, headaches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get a flu vaccine by the end of October. It takes about two weeks after getting the shot for the body to build up
If you have health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan’s network. Getting vaccinated helps protect people around you, especially those who are more prone to getting sick, like babies, children, and seniors. By protecting yourself from the flu, you may have fewer doctor’s visits and miss less work or school.
In October, there are different events that offer flu shots to the public, to those insured and uninsured. There are 2 events in Chinatown that offer flu vaccine:
#1: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Location: On Lok House – 1st floor lobby (219 N 9th St
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sponsored by Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Villanova University College of Nursing
Must bring: Identification Card, Insurance Cards
#2: Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Location: Chinese Christian Church & Center (225 N 10th St)
Time: 2 PM to 5 PM
Activities: Flu Shot, Physical Exam, Oral Screening, Blood Pressure, Glucose Check, Hepatitis B, etc.