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To keep individuals and communities healthy this flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for those six months and older. The flu season can start in October, and last until May. Since the shots can take up to two weeks to provide full protection; it is best to get yours before the virus starts to spread.

Now is the time to get your shot.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, and fatigue. The shot will not give you the flu, may make symptoms milder if it does not completely prevent it, and can also stop you from spreading the virus to other people. 

Infants, elderly, and those with chronic health conditions, are more at risk for flu complications and benefit from others being vaccinated.

Influenza is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in U.S. children. Over the past five flu seasons, 590 children have died from complications caused by influenza, according to the CDC.  Protect your kids – get them a flu shot.

Washing hands frequently is recommended, and antiviral medications are prescribed to some people to reduce the risk of complications of the flu and the length of illness.

Flu shots are available in many locations. To find where to get yours, visit http://vaccine.healthmap.org. For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

 

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