Columbus Public Health, CDC urge everyone to get flu shot this season


Lower Lights Christian Health Center employee Brandon Beyor administers a flu shot to Lloyd Clark at a free drive-up flu vaccination tent outside the Broad Street Food Pantry in Columbus in this 2020 file photo.

If you want to know when you should get your flu shot, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts says the answer is simple: Do it now.

“It takes close to two weeks before you get full protection,” said Roberts, Columbus Public Health commissioner. “People need to have the shot and be protected before gathering with others or traveling for Thanksgiving.”

The Ohio Department of Health on Friday posted its first flu statistics for the season on its dashboard. For the week ending Oct. 9, six hospitalizations were reported, with three in Central Ohio and three in southeast Ohio. Last year, there were two hospitalizations statewide for the same period.

Read more: Possibility of “twindemic” rests on actions of Ohioans

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hanging around for its second flu season, Roberts said she worries that this flu season (generally considered October through April) could be extra rough.



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