Local health officials encouraging flu shots

Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway

Commentary: The truth about influenza and vaccines

A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season.

It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label. You can also purchase a subscription and have full access to the site. Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. This can include pain or tenderness, muscle aches, headaches for fatigue. People with the common cold are more likely to have nasal congestion than people with the flu, though the symptoms can often mimic each other.

"I have not gotten my flu vaccines". Seasonal vaccine is recommended for people at higher risk such as healthcare workers, pregnant women, elderly, patients with chronic medical conditions as well as pilgrims.

Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it. "Touching their germs could get you sick".

African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American children have a higher vaccination rate than non-Hispanic white children. Last season, 59% of children between the ages of 6 months to 17 years received a flu shot, as did 43.3% of adults 18 years of age and older.

IL had a vaccination rate of barely over 41 percent, one of the lowest rates in the nation.

In the 2015-16 season, the CDC estimates that 310,000 were hospitalized for illnesses related to influenza. In addition to washing your hands and staying home if you are sick, visit your health care provider, local public health district, or pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

If you need to find a free flu-shot clinic, look for information on the county's immunization website at www.sdiz.org or by calling 211 San Diego.

They are available at county health departments across the state.

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