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It's not too late to get a flu shotIt’s not too late to get your flu vaccination!

Wouldn’t you rather be enjoying time with your friends and family, or going to a holiday party, instead of staying home, caring for a family member sick in bed with the flu?

  • An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, pneumonia, need for antibiotics, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • Despite the unpredictable nature of the flu, you should know:
    • You still need the 2016-2017 flu vaccine for optimal protection against the flu this season because:
      • Flu viruses are constantly changing, and this season’s vaccines have been updated to protect against the viruses that surveillance data indicate will be most common this flu season, and
      • A person’s immune protection from vaccine declines over time so annual flu vaccination is needed for the best protection against the flu.
      • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.
      • While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
      • With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t been vaccinated yet this season. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones from the flu.
  • What You Should Know for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season

 

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2016-2017 Influenza Season

  • WHO should get a yearly flu vaccine?
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older including pregnant women and people who have chronic health conditions. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from influenza.

  • Preventive Steps
    1. Take time to get a flu vaccine
    2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them

  • WHERE can I get the flu vaccine?
    Health Map Vaccine Finder LogoFlu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools.Even if you don't have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work. Click on the HealthMap Vaccine Finder for a clinic near you.

  • MISCONCEPTIONS about the flu and flu vaccine.

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