It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

In conjunction with National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people it's not too late to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu... IN has recorded two flu-related deaths this season.

I realize that I've written about the flu and the importance of immunization already this year ... and last year ... and the year before that.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

The New Jersey Department of Health urged residents on Monday to get their annual flu vaccine.

Flu shots for insured adults are now widely available through private physicians, pharmacies and retailers.

National Influenza Vaccination Week Monmouth County encourages residents to get their vaccines

Doctors add now is a good time to get one, especially because it takes the body up to four weeks to develop its immune response and flu activity typically begins to peak in January.

Healthcare workers are also urged to get a flu shot to reduce their risk of transmitting the illness to their patients. "Anyone can get the flu, including healthy individuals, and getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and safest way to protect yourself, your friends and your family this season". These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.

Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe infection in the nose, throat, and lungs. "By getting vaccinated you are protecting your family and those people you cross paths with every day".

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