Protect family and community by getting flu shot

County Health Department: 'People of all ages are advised to get vaccinated'

Jessica Sheehy, physician assistant and infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said that now is not too early to get a flu shot.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.

"PittVax will continue to test new vaccination scenarios to help guide flu immunization recommendations", said senior author Richard K. Zimmerman, M.D., M.P.H., professor in Pitt School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Pitt Graduate School of Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

"The CDC recommends if you have a history of an egg allergy and it's now worse than hives you can go ahead and take the flu vaccine". "With increase cases of flu during these months it's important to be vaccinated to protect yourself from the flu". Doctors along with Ballard say with simple tips, the possibility of catching the flu this season could be decreased.

For more information about this year's flu vaccine or for a schedule of walk-in hours call the Trumbull Health Department at 203-452-1030.

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This particularly deadly strain of flu has killed 94 people in Victorian age-care facilities so far this year and more than 160,000 people have contracted the flu in Australia this year.

The past two flu seasons in North Carolina were quite different.

While it may be a little early, and most of the time flu activity doesn't peak until between December and February, it is good to start thinking about and making preparations to stay healthy this fall and winter.

"Most people recover from flu after four to five days, but for some, it can be extremely serious and even fatal. Medicare covers the shot", said Aimee Haskins, RN, Medicare ACO coordinator with Memorial Regional Health. "Sanofi Pasteur fully supports such immunisation policies by developing innovative vaccines that fit with the influenza epidemiology, providing the option for broad protection for those aged three years and older". It's right around the corner and right now doctors are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

"Influenza vaccine for most people is usually effective for about six months. So, do get your flu shot, especially if you are in one of those high-risk groups".



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