Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting your flu shot each year.
We take flu seriously, which is why Marshall Health has joined health care institutions across the country in requiring staff to be vaccinated against flu. The requirement is designed to help protect the health of our patients and their families, especially the many people we care for with serious medical conditions and weakened immune systems.
For Marshall Health Patients
Flu shots are available to patients this season at the following Marshall Health clinics:
Marshall Family Medicine
Marshall University Medical Center, Huntington
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Marshall Internal Medicine
Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center, Huntington
Monday | Wednesday | Thursday| Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Marshall Health-Teays Valley, Scott Depot
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Flu Prevention & You
When it comes to protecting yourself and those you love against the flu, the flu vaccine, along with handwashing, is your best defense. The CDC lists six things you can do to prevent the flu and stop germs from spreading in addition to receiving a yearly flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands!
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Stay home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. If you have flu germs on your hands (from touching a shopping cart, ATM machine, etc.) and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you can become sick.
- Practice other good health habits by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially during flu season. Cell phones, computer keyboards and desk phones can harbor germs, so it’s a good idea to clean these items often.
Ask for a Mask
If you're experiencing flu-like symptoms when visiting one of our offices, ask our front-desk staff for a mask, and they'll happily provide it to you. Help us limit the spread of flu.