WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - You no longer have an excuse not to get the flu shot.

The Forsyth County Health Department is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for free while supplies last.

The Health Department is also offering High Dose vaccine for those over the age of 65.

Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Health officials are encouraging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every season.

Millions of people get the flu every year.

According to the CDC, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands die from flu-related causes every year.

Health officials say getting the flu shot is the single best way to protect against the flu.

  • There are several other ways to prevent the virus.
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • If you are sick, stay home from work and keep your kids home from school if they are sick so it does not spread
  • If you do become sick with the flu, take flu anti-viral medications if your doctor prescribes them.

Flu shots will be given in Clinic 3 of the health department at 799 N. Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem during the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday 9:30am - 8:00pm

Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Appointments are not necessary.

Click here for more information about flu vaccination or contact the health department at 336-703-3100.