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Influenza season begins in Ohio; Ideal time to get flu shot

Influenza season begins in Ohio; Ideal time to get flu shot

The exercises help local health departments set up immunization clinics in large community settings in order to practice for emergencies or outbreaks that could impact the entire community. While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

Last winter season 71.3% of those aged 65 and over in Buckinghamshire got the flu vaccine.

Cllr Diane Lamb, cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council said: "For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society - small children, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and for pregnant women - it can be extremely risky".

This year's campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination.

A new social media advertising pilot campaign is taking place in East Anglia targeting these groups with the sole aim of increasing uptake. They will give the vaccine to anyone 3 and up. Flu can also make existing health conditions, like heart disease, asthma, and diabetes even worse. Children in school year 4 have been added to the programme, and children over age 4 in reception year can now get their nasal spray flu vaccine in school.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medial Officer said: "Flu kills and we could save thousands of lives if everyone eligible got their free jab".

This year, more people than ever - around 21 million - will be offered the vaccination.

For more information, contact the Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666.

By following this policy, you will help to protect the people you are visiting from getting a potentially serious illness.

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