The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now has a website to help with just that!
Visit www.flu.gov and click on the “Flu Vaccine Finder.” Once there, type in your zip code for a listing of local pharmacies giving flu vaccinations.
Flu.gov also offers information about influenza. Click on “Individuals & Families” for detailed information on the flu and how best to prevent its spread.
Flu vaccines are also available by appointment only at the St. Mary Parish Health Unit at 1200 David Drive in Morgan City. To make an appointment call 380-2441.
Local physicians also have the vaccine on hand.
Individuals with Medicare Part B should be eligible for free flu shots. Bring proper documents when visiting a vaccination location.
According to Flu.gov, flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.
The website also says outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during late fall through early spring. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. Flu-related deaths range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600).
New recommendations are that everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu.
People who are at high-risk for flu (children, seniors and people with certain health conditions) should also receive a pneumococcal vaccination, officials say.