Flu season heading toward full-swing

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What should they say to those who have fears that the shot will give them the flu?

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, some pharmacies and Park County Public Health.

Interior Health is recommending everyone get a flu shot, wash your hand often and stay home if you are showing signs of illness. Thursdays and 2 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

A full list of sites that all be offering the flu shot can be found here. Just 44 percent of African-Americans 60 and older in the Garden State have been vaccinated, compared with 68 percent of white seniors surveyed. Health officials recommend that people be vaccinated by the end of October. Cancer Hospital, UC San Diego Health Hillcrest and La Jolla Jacobs Medical Center, both in San Diego, according to a new report published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was below the usual threshold for this time of year, the CDC said. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter seasons.

Unfortunately, more than 16,000 of those deaths were residents of Louisiana.

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"Perhaps the healthy adults are at a fairly small risk of getting a very very severe flu infection, but if they do get infected, they're potentially still infecting others". December 2 - 8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, the flawless time to get your flu shot.

As of mid-November, 43 percent of adults are already immunized against the flu, while 14 percent have not yet been vaccinated but intend to do so in the coming days.

The shots at the parish health units on December 13 are no cost to everyone who participates.

"Most people who have insurance have a nurse line they can call, and it's worth talking to someone about whether or not you need to go in", Borgen said. We Texans who get the flu shot are protecting our communities and our state, as well as ourselves. Most people have likely had the flu at some point - with symptoms such as a constant cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue - yet many myths and misperceptions remain. It is important to start early in the season for children, as two doses of the vaccine may be necessary, with the shots given at least four weeks apart.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources. Furthermore, the vaccine's side effects are minor, and it does not cause the flu, as is believed by 31 percent of those who are not planning to get the flu vaccine.

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