Henrico Launches Free Flu Shot Clinics and Prepares for Public Health Emergencies

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

Highly contagious, the flu virus spreads easily by direct contact or through the air by coughing and sneezing, he said. "It is a choice, but we strongly encourage them to get immunized".

Flu season is underway in the First State. According to the weekly FluView report, local influenza activity was reported by five states - California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and SC - up from two states the previous week, while the US Virgin Islands and 38 states reported sporadic influenza activity.

The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for anyone six months of age and older.

"It gives your body an opportunity to fight the flu before you get it", he said.

Taking a shot in the arm could do a lot to protect yourself from this year's flu, says a Stettler pharmacist.

"The flu vaccine is a lifesaver because flu can be a very serious and sometimes deadly disease, with potentially 1,000 flu related deaths in Ireland during a severe flu season".

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Whether these differences relate to clinical disease resistance remains to be seen, but in the meantime the authors are urging adults to get vaccinated early in the day. "Hey, I didn't get one previous year and I was fine", someone else adds.

To avoid the spread of these germs, Dr. Brahmbhatt added that cleaning your phone daily with a cloth and anti-viral cleanser will help keep you healthy on and off of the toilet. In the home and workplace, disinfect phones, keyboards, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces. Complications from influenza, such as pneumonia, are more common in the elderly and those with heart, lung or other health conditions.

The flu shot provides protection from the influenza virus strains expected to be circulating this season based on worldwide trends identified by the World Health Organization. The vaccinations are offered in Erie County physicians' offices, pharmacies and other community sites.

Residents can book an appointment at any of the city's five flu clinic locations online. Flu shots are safe for everyone over 6 months of age.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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