Get flu shots to increase chances of better health during holidays
Vancouver, WA— There’s still time to get a flu vaccination to guard against serious illness during the holiday season and later this winter.
“Flu season often peaks in February or March, so getting immunized now means you’ll start getting protected within about two weeks,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “Getting your flu shot now also reduces the chances that you’ll catch or spread flu during your holiday travels or at holiday gatherings.” Flu activity in Clark County remains low, so there’s still time to get protection.
Health experts recommend that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine, especially those at risk of complications from flu—children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Flu shots are widely available at doctors' offices, clinics, pharmacies and other providers.
Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that kills thousands of Americans annually. Fortunately, there’s plenty of flu vaccine this flu season. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you.
Some online flu resources include:
• Washington State Department of Health Flu News Web Page
• Prevent Influenza (sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit)
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NIVW Flu Web Page
• The Immunization Action Coalition Flu Web Page
• The Immunization Action Coalition handouts related to flu
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