Carson Valley Medical Center will be providing flu shots during the month of October.
The center will start offering flu shots 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the medical center's lobby.
They will be also offered on the second floor at the center's Occupational Health Department 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Oct. 31. No appointments are necessary during these dates and times.
The flu shot is provided free of charge to Medicare Part B patients who show their card at the time of vaccination, otherwise the cost is $25.
Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available through the Occupational Health Department for $40 (also free for Medicare Part B patients).
Carson Valley Medical Center recommends the following good health habits to help you avoid the flu:
-- Avoid close contact. Keep your distance from people who are sick.
-- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for about 15 seconds to help protect you from germs.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
-- Keep facial tissues or a handkerchief handy to cover your nose and mouth when you or someone else sneezes or coughs.
-- Keep household items used by many family members clean (telephones, faucets, door handles, toilet handles, etc.). Rubbing alcohol is inexpensive and can be used to clean these items.
-- The best way to avoid the flu is to get an annual flu shot. According to the CDC, best time to get a flu shot is in October or November.