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STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO GET YOUR ANNUAL FLU SHOT

Mon December 5, 2011

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is using National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 5 to Dec. 10) to remind residents about the importance of getting an annual flu shot.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is observed each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness of the health benefits of flu shots and urge people to get vaccinated in December, January and even later. Flu season can last as late as May.

Flu shots are available throughout DuPage County at pharmacies and grocery stores. The CDC says there is an ample supply of flu vaccine this season throughout the United States. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot each year.

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu and spread the virus to others.

The Health Department recommends a flu shot as your best protection against flu viruses. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

The CDC says the flu shot is safe. Over the years, hundreds of millions of people in the United States have safely received seasonal flu vaccines.

DuPage County residents are also reminded that good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

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STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO GET YOUR ANNUAL FLU SHOT