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Trinity County Public Health Begins 'Annual Countywide Seasonal Influenza Campaign'

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Flu vaccines are also available at pharmacies. Be prepared and get the shot this fall, especially if you are over 65, or have a chronic illness or are pregnant.

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said: 'The harsh reality is that flu can kill and the best way to protect yourself is to get the jab.

"In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tragically thousands or tens of thousands die from flu each year", Dr. Jernigan said in a recent interview.

With more people eligible than ever before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them against this potentially deadly virus.

If you need more information on the flu vaccine, Bureau County Senior Center in Princeton, Illinois can help.

"When we're young and invincible, getting the flu doesn't seem like it's such a bad thing, you know maybe a week off work or something like that". Flu shots will be offered to parents, siblings, and direct caregivers of Riley patients for free. The virus lives longer in the cold weather because there is less humidity in the air to kill it. People can inhale the flu or get it by touching everyday objects such as doorknobs, chairs, tables and many other objects. However, they said they are seeing flu cases out there.

The clinics will be Thursday and Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.at Catawba County Public Health, 3070 11th Ave.

Getting vaccinated was the best way to stop the spread of flu and prevent deaths, they said. All children aged two to eight years are also being offered protection with a simple nasal spray flu vaccine - so no needle. The second reason is that experts annually review the formulation of the flu vaccine due to the viruses' constant changes.

The price of the regular seasonal flu shot for individuals with insurance is $26. Flu symptoms include fever and chills; cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose; muscles aches and joint pains; headaches and fatigue; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

It takes approximately two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the body to build the antibodies to fight off the influenza virus.