Seasonal Influenza

get vaccinated against the flu

What is influenza? 

  • Seasonal influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses
  • Infection can lead to mild to severe illness, and even death. 
  • Some people, including the elderly, young children, and those who are immunocompromised or have certain health conditions, are more vulnerable to severe complications. 
  • The best way to prevent influenza each year is by getting vaccinated. 
  • The Riley County Health Department supports our vision of Healthy People in a Healthy Community by providing flu shots to the public. For more information about scheduling an appointment contact the clinic. 
  • For more information about the flu, including signs and symptoms of illness, view the seasonal influenza fact sheet (pdf).

Flu Consent Form/Registration 

(by APPOINMENT ONLY! Call to schedule your flu shot at 785-776-4779 ext. 7675.)

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Flu Vaccine Available at the Riley County Health Department  -  2021-2022 Flu Season

A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. 

The Riley County Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions, get their flu vaccine before the end of October, if possible.  Please keep in mind, it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protects against flu.  

Only a quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccine will be available at the Riley County Health Department.  The flu vaccines we carry are inactivated, preservative-free (no mercury), and given in the muscle.

In addition to the traditional flu vaccine, we have High Dose flu vaccine for those 65 years of age and older and Flublok for those 18 years of age to 64 years of age.

Expert researchers recommend healthcare providers give the age-appropriate flu vaccine to help protect the public from the flu. 

Public Health Impacts of Flu Vaccination 

  • Receiving the vaccine helps keep community members from getting flu, including family, friends and co-workers
  • Receiving the flu vaccine makes illness less severe if a person gets the flu