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Pediatric flu vaccine now available at all county health dep

The publicly funded seasonal flu vaccine is now available in New Brunswick The publicly funded seasonal flu vaccine is now available in New Brunswick
Sammy Stanley | 19 October, 2017, 00:40

Cllr Diane Lamb, cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council said: "For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society - small children, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and for pregnant women - it can be extremely unsafe". Symptoms can include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat and nasal congestion.

"The best ways to help protect yourself and those around you from influenza are to get immunized, wash your hands frequently, and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue".

"If you are sick, stay home, and keep sick children away from daycares and schools", said Dr. Kling.

This year's flu shot offers protection against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2 virus) and one influenza B virus.

It's the start of flu season in the United States and this year's flu vaccines have been updated to better match viruses that are expected to be out there, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Unfortunately influenza can not be eradicated so we need to continue finding ways of protecting the community from this debilitating virus".

Interior Health's public clinics for those who are eligible for a free flu shot will begin in early November. Young children, people 50 years or older, those with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women are at a higher risk from the flu, DHEC says.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides influenza vaccine at no cost to local health departments to be used for emergency preparedness exercises.

Even healthy people can be made seriously ill with flu potentially leading to other health problems, like pneumonia.

The CDC recommends that everyone who is six months and older get a flu shot by the end of October, if possible.

The flu shot clinic will be held at the WQAD studios at 3003 Park 16 street, Moline from 6 a.m.

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