The start of flu season is here and while health experts are hesitant to predict how bad they believe it will be this year due to the numerous factors that can make it unpredictable, many if not all, agree that the best way to keep it from knocking you down is to get vaccinated. In an effort to make getting a flu vaccine as effortless as possible for you, the Vanderburgh County Health Department will host a drive-thru vaccine clinic on Evansville's north side.

Symptoms of The Flu

If you've had the flu, you know from experience it can lay you out for several days. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea. Although those last two symptoms are more common in children than adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While most people will suffer for a few days while the virus runs its course, some cases can be severe enough to require hospitalization and can even cause death.

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How Flu Vaccines Work

Flu vaccines are created by using cells from the most common forms of the virus and work by causing your body to create antibodies to fight them off. It's like having an army on standby ready to attack instead of being sneak attacked and then trying to play catch up before too much damage is done.

Even the toughest army isn't impenetrable and there is still a chance you could catch the flu even if you've been vaccinated. However, the fact your body already has a bit of an army built up and can take on the virus, the symptoms likely won't be as severe compared to if you had no army at all.

Vanderburgh County Health Department Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinic

Alright, enough with the military metaphors. If you've decided you do want to get a flu vaccine, the Vanderburgh County Health Department is making it super-easy to get one during its drive-thru vaccine clinic this Saturday (October 7th, 2023).

The clinic will take place from 8:00 AM until Noon at IVY Tech Community College on First Avenue and is open to anyone six months of age or older. Most private insurance and Medicaid will be accepted. No insurance? No problem. You can come by and get a vaccine too.

Advanced registration is required and can be done through the Vanderburgh County Health Department website. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 5th at Noon.

[Sources: Vanderburgh County Health Department / CDC]

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