IN residents urged to get flu shots as flu season nears

Fall implies influenza season is quick drawing nearer

Fall implies influenza season is quick drawing nearer

The Alabama health department is reporting "significant" flu activity in certain areas, according to AL.com.

"When the flu will actually circulate we wont know until its really here and that varies every year to when we really first start seeing it", said Carol Bess with Bellin's disease aversion team.

The strains being detected this year are H1N1 (Swine Flu), H3N2, one of the more risky strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and two additional strains of the Influenza B virus. And just because Australia might have had a more severe flu season does not mean North America will also have a bad one. However, pharmacists are anticipating a hard flu season this year due to "potential vaccine delays" combined with the early start and large number of flu cases reported in Australia, which often indicates the severity of the season in Canada.

Flu-related deaths have already been reported in New Mexico and California.

Who should not get a flu vaccine?

The next vaccine outreach program, which is open to anyone, resident or nonresident, will be held 10 a.m. -1 p.m. October 23 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road.

Most insurance policies, like mine, will cover the flu shot's cost, too.

They asked individuals along the Fox River Trail in Green Bay in the event that they get this season's flu virus shot and most said they, or others in their family, do. Back then I was naive.

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The flu vaccine comes in the form of a shot or a nasal spray.

I'll never forget the stunned look on the doctor's face when he informed me that I had pneumonia or how I suffered from it. The CDC says a shot reduces the risk of getting the flu by 40% to 60%.

What else can I do to avoid the flu?

And it's especially important for those who are younger, pregnant, older or more vulnerable as I am now.

"In Massachusetts, 81 percent of children ages 6 months through 17 years had a flu vaccination last year, making our flu vaccination rates among the highest in the nation", said Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences.

The health departments of Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield and Middletown are offering free flu clinics throughout October.

And of course there are always other ways to stop the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases. They should post signs about preventing the flu. Fight the flu and get your flu shot early. But I also hope you will join me in not waiting to get a flu shot either. Nearly all (99 per cent) of those who were vaccinated last year will be doing so again this year.

I hope we don't see a record flu season here, as what occurred in Australia.

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