Health department reminds residents to get flu shots

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"We want to remind everyone that getting the flu vaccine is the absolute best way to protect yourself and those you love".

The first week of December is National Influenza Vaccination Week and believe it or not, it's not too late to protect yourself for the season. While it's best to get vaccinated against the flu in October, you can still get a flu shot.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

In a press release, Florida DOH says the clinic will allow people to "roll in" and receive a flu shot, all while staying in their vehicle.

The New Jersey Department of Health urged residents on Monday to get their annual flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.

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As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated as the flu shot can reduce illnesses, missed work and school, doctor visits, and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations, the ISDH added.

It is especially important for those who are ill to avoid coming into contact with those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, because they are more likely to have weaker immune systems. It may take about 1 to 4 days after being exposed to the virus for symptoms to develop.

Flu shots for insured adults are now widely available through private physicians, pharmacies and retailers.

The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for people 3 years and older.

Moreover, flu shots can be administered any time during pregnancy. National Influenza Vaccination week is a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

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