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Camden County Offering Free Flu Shots to Residents

A $6'budget vaccine was used in the national vaccination program despite claims it does not adequately protect those most at risk such as the elderly

As part of the 2017 Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program, Camden County officials stopped by another location in Runnemede on Tuesday, October 31st, to provide residents 9 years of age or older with free flu shots. In Dubois County, the health department has administered roughly 1,400 flu vaccines, which Oeding says is on par with recent years. Medical facilities saw high numbers of patients seeking care for the flu.

Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in our state since flu season started at the beginning of the month.

If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, you should.

The flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus that often comes on suddenly.

The Snohomish Health District has developed new resources for the community at http://www.snohd.org/flu.

Health officials recommend that essentially everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine. This year's vaccine contains two A strains and a B strain of the virus. The provider may charge a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee but you can ask for this fee to be waived if you can't afford it. Those with fevers and cough should stay at home until they have been fever free (a temp less than 100.4 F) at least 24 hours without taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen before returning to work, school or daycare.

The CDC recommends that people who are at high risk for serious flu complications who get flu symptoms during flu season be treated with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible. She says the death is an unfortunate reminder that the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or in people with underlying health conditions.