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Camden County Offering Free Flu Shots to Residents

Camden County Offering Free Flu Shots to Residents

Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in our state since flu season started at the beginning of the month.

Traditional flu vaccines protect against three different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.

Public health protection assistant director Yves Jalbert said the vaccine is highly recommended for children between the ages of six and 23 months, as well as for people with chronic illness, pregnant women and people aged 60-years-old and above.

Of course, the more people protected, the better protected the community.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual previous year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

Quinlisk says the death is an indication that flu can be a serious illness. Oeding emphasized the importance of the vaccine for those who interact with children under 6 months old.

Relatives of people in this high-risk group, as well as health workers, are also targeted. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

Australia has had its worst flu season in recent years, with more than 2 1/2 times more confirmed cases than last year, according to the Australian Department of Health.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, in a news release.


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