Health agency urges flu shots for the upcoming season

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It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine-not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu.

In interviews, students reported that convenience plays a major role in whether they decide to get vaccinated. The Vaccine Information Sheet, offered either at the beginning or the end of your vaccination clinic visit, explains potential risks and reactions.

"Those numbers have to really inform us that this year is a great time to get our flu shots, get it early, and be protected", said Broome County Health Department Registered Nurse Marian Hollander.

A staggering 95 percent of all fatalities were found to have belonged to a risk group - yet more than half had not been vaccinated. The flu vaccine being administered this year is the quadrivalent vaccine and is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A (H1N1) viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Last season, 2,841 cases involved Winnebago County residents ages 18 to 64; 2,464 cases involved children 5 to 17 years old; 1,198 cases involved youngsters from newborn to 4 years old; and 822 cases involved residents 65 years and older. I encourage each and every person in Virginia to get their flu vaccine this year. Otherwise people will go into the REC Center and go through stations for paperwork, screening and the shot. This makes vaccination of staff caring for frail, older people even more important.

Classic flu symptoms include aching body, fever, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and extreme sneezing.

"Now is a good time to get it", said Lu.

If you don't want to - experts say - consider doing it for people you may know who are vulnerable to getting the illness.

Flu season is rapidly approaching, and doctors are stressing the importance of getting your flu shot.

When looking at the high child death toll, Richard Benson, a contractor in the CDC's office of infectious diseases, told Healthline that approximately 80 percent of children did not receive a flu shot previous year. "So those of us who are healthy, if we can keep ourselves healthy and get the influenza vaccination we're also protecting those around us", says Gillen.

There are many reasons to get your flu shot this flu season. However, flu shot vaccine does not contain any live virus, so it actually can't make you sick with the flu.

No services will be provided at the health department, 904 S. 10th St., on the day of the flu clinic.

She said, "The flu vaccination can prevent serious illness and is the best protection against catching or spreading flu, a potential life-threatening infection."Flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs and airways". Many insurance providers can be billed, and some people are even eligible for a free shot.

Veterans in the Veterans Affairs system can get a free flu shot at the following drive-thru flu clinics: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on October 6 at Altoona VAMC and Huntingdon Clinic and October 20 at the State College Clinic.

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