Flu vaccine now available at county health department

  • Flu vaccine now available at county health department

Flu vaccine now available at county health department

"So as soon as you get your flu shot you can register to get your free hockey tickets", says Kirkland.

It is estimated that every year about 40 million people in the United States get the flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. People who have the flu may have some or all of the following symptoms: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness).

For the past five years, the University of Pittsburgh also has been collecting data from various sites in the region on children with flu-like symptoms to determine whether they actually had the flu and whether they had received the vaccine.

Experts are clear that getting a flu shot is in your best interest - it helps you avoid getting an extremely unpleasant illness and avoid the most unsafe consequences of the infection.

The health district issued a reminder Wednesday that there's still time to receive annual flu vaccinations, which are suggested for all individuals 6 months and older, but especially for high-risk populations including young children, pregnant women and the elderly. It's very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital), and people who are sick with flu and have a greater chance of getting serious flu complications, like people 65 and older. One option is the Fluzone High-Dose, which has been available since 2010, and the other is the new FDA approved FLUAD vaccine (you only need to get one of these). The viruses change each season and flu vaccines have been updated for the current flu season. However, now scientists have arrived with a genius solution as universal flu vaccine. CCHHS can bill Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurances, or the flu shot is $25.

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"There's not really any excuse not to get it unless you have had a serious life-threatening allergic reaction to the vaccine before", Montavon said. "If you did get a mild case of the flu it would be much milder", Montavon said.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year and practice good hand washing, the release said. If you are unable to attend the clinic, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

People with chronic medical conditions, older people and children are most at risk. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds.