Need a flu shot? Here's how to get one

Alicia Farmer
December 6, 2018

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reminding families that it's not too late to get the flu vaccine.

"Those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses", Dobbs continued.

The flu vaccine can not prevent all cases of the respiratory illness, but it appears to reduce severe outcomes - intensive care unit admissions and death - among those who are vaccinated but still become infected with the virus, say the researchers behind a newly published study. Seasonal flu outbreaks begin as early as October and can last as late as May, which means it is not too late (or too early) to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone, from ages six months or older, to get a flu shot each year. "The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life".

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Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies. "Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu".

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

CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October so that people are more likely to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in the community, however, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons, including this one. Infants younger than six months can not be vaccinated, making it important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives get a flu shot to protect the child.

Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu.

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