ASHTABULA — It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your flu shot.
The Ashtabula City Health Department is in good supply of flu vaccines for the 2019-20 season, said Peggy Ducro, co-director of nursing.
As in previous years, the schedule includes several locations, as well as Monday through Thursday from 9-11 a.m. starting Nov. 4 at the Health Department office, 4717 Main Ave.
Clinics traditionally start giving the vaccine in October to give the vaccine a few weeks to take hold before the arrival of flu season, traditionally January through March.
Vaccines given this season are geared to fight the most common viruses, Ducro said.
“Everyone is encouraged to receive the vaccine, ages 6 months and older,” she said. “Infants and the elderly are usually hit the hardest with the flu.”
In addition to the health department offering flu shots, it also will offer the high dose vaccine for seniors 65 and older, as well as pneumonia shots.
The regular flu vaccine is $20 and the high dose vaccine is $48.
The health department accepts Medicare Part B and Medicaid and private insurance.
Call the health department at 440-992-7122 with questions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated because they are at-risk or live or care for people in high-risk categories.
They include pregnant women, children younger than age 5 and adults older than 65, people with certain chronic medical conditions and people who work with children and the sick.
No unusual influenza alerts have been issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
Here is a list of the flu clinics sponsored by the Ashtabula City Health Department:
• Oct. 23
Drive-thru, meaning participants won’t have to leave their vehicle, at the Municipal Building from 4-6 p.m.
• Oct. 28
Dragon Empowerment Center, Ashtabula Area City Schools Huron Building, 5-7 p.m.
• Nov. 4
Harbor Topky Library from 3-4 p.m.
• Nov. 22
Bethany Lutheran Church, 933 Michigan Ave., 11 a.m. to noon.
For more information, call the clinic at 440-992-7122 or 440-992-7123.