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Health Department urges flu shots for Hoosiers

Health Department urges flu shots for Hoosiers

In conjunction with National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people it's not too late to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu...

It's flu season and with one death reported early on in Riverside County, officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated.

Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

In a related announcement, during September 2018, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said on its website that they recommend that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive an influenza vaccine.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the best ways to avoid catching the flu is by getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, and avoiding heavily crowded areas.

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Flu shots are available seven days a week, with no appointment necessary at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide, including locations inside select Target stores. Next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Doctors add now is a good time to get one, especially because it takes the body up to four weeks to develop its immune response and flu activity typically begins to peak in January.

Adults who are under-insured or un-insured and who meet certain high-risk criteria qualify for a flu vaccine at MSDH county health department clinics. Studies have also shown that if someone gets sick while vaccinated, they have less severe illness, reduce their risk of being hospitalized, and spend fewer days in the hospital when they are hospitalized.

Typical flu symptoms are upper respiratory infections and a high fever.