Baptist Health Hardin will offer a curbside flu shot clinic Saturday.
The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Bardstown at 3615 E. John Rowan Blvd. and Baptist Health Medical Group Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at 75 Nature Trail Suite 3 in Radcliff.
A news release from the organization said getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year, with the virus that causes COVID-19 — and the virus that causes flu — both spreading this fall and winter. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all people older than six months.
The CDC also recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.
“The flu shot is important for everyone because it protects ourselves as individuals but also protects our families and those around us,” said Dr. Matthew Stiles, with Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Bardstown, in the release. “If we don’t get the flu, then we can’t pass it along to loved ones.”
Typically, the flu season in Kentucky/Indiana begins in October or November, however the release said they are seeing influenza infections in the state during September. According to the release, if the flu shot is given too early, young children and adults older than age 65 may see the vaccine’s strength weaken in the final weeks of the flu season, making people in these two groups more susceptible to catching the virus. Flu shots last about six months.
The influenza vaccine takes two weeks to be effective and you can catch the flu during those two weeks, the release said. There are many strains of the flu virus, and there’s no guarantee the combination chosen for this year means someone will not get the flu. However, getting the vaccine provides benefits even if the flu bug bites you.
“It is always better to get a flu shot. In rare cases, some people do still get the flu but even then they are likely to be much less sick,” Stiles said.
A second curbside flu shot clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3.
Flu shots cost $40 for the basic flu shot and $70 for the high-dose vaccine which is recommended for those over age 65. The flu shot may be covered by insurance.
For future dates, to print out paperwork ahead of time, and for more information about the flu, go to BaptistHealth.com/FluShot.