With flu season approaching, Gov. Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans of the importance of getting a flu shot this year. DeWine, along with First Lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted, all received their flu shots Thursday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot, with rare exceptions. The recommendation includes flu shots for pregnant women, whose vaccinations can protect their babies after birth.
“While the flu can be deadly on its own, we also are concerned that Ohioans who get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could become severely, if not fatally, ill,” DeWine said. “Our youngest and oldest Ohioans, those who are pregnant, those in long-term care facilities, and those with chronic health conditions may be especially susceptible to severe illness or complications from the flu.”
Those who are elderly and need help getting to their physician’s office can contact their local Area Agency on Aging at 866-243-5678 to access transportation resources and other services.
Anyone without a primary health care provider can visit vaccinefinder.org to find nearby pharmacies and other health care locations offering the flu vaccine.