Jackson County Health Dept Offers Flu/FIT Program — InFocus

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In severe cases, however, the virus can lead to risky complications resulting in hospitalization or even death.

With more states reporting local flu activity, a new study indicates that influenza vaccination rates among children are holding steady despite changes in vaccine options. That's the reason experts recommend you get vaccinated by the end of October, before flu season gets too far along.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit says the influenza season is officially here and they encourage everyone over the age of six months to get the vaccine. But check with your provider to make sure you don't have to have the shot administered by your doctor or at a specific location in order for it to be free.

Receiving those vaccinations, health care officials say, is very important when fighting the flu.

DE saw close to 5,000 confirmed flu cases previous year.

That is more than double the typical number of cases for this time of year.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination. "Getting a flu shot is quick, easy, and not only protects you, but also those around you".

There are suggestions for helping contain the virus and keep it from spreading to others.

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The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for anyone six months of age and older. In the home and workplace, disinfect phones, keyboards, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces.

Beware of infections. Here's what to watch out for-the nurse should wash her hands or use alcohol-based hand rub and then put on sterile gloves. It's also recommended that people wear a face mask to reduce spreading or catching germs. Once there, the viral particles are easily spread by you or anyone else's fingers after touching the screen or buttons.

The strain is known to cause severe illness, especially among seniors.

Flu vaccines protect against three or four flu virus strains, depending upon the type received.

Walgreens (walk-ins) CVS at Target (walk-ins) D&H Drugstore immunization services (walk-ins) Providence Urgent CareUniversity systems campus clinics (for MU faculty or staff members, dependents, or retirees) MU Student Health Clinic for MU studentsColumbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services at 1005 West Worley St. (walk-ins) Primary care physicians' offices.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. It's best to get the flu shot as soon as it's available, as it takes about two weeks after the shot for the protection to work.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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