Get Vaccinated Now Before Flu Season Peaks

Ebony Scott
January 9, 2019

To receive a free flu vaccine, please visit the Metro Health immunization clinics located at 210 N. Mel Waiters Way, from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Eighty-five per cent of children admitted to intensive care because of the flu are under the age of 10, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The 2017/2018 influenza season was considered one of high severity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with high rates of emergency department visits and widespread flu activity over an extended period.

While not as early as it did past year, flu season is heating up.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

- Officials announced Tuesday that the first pediatric flu death in New Jersey this influenza season has been reported to the Department of Health.

Vaccines are available at doctors' offices, and many pharmacies provide free and low-priced flu vaccinations to the public. "We continue to recommend community members get their flu shot".

With the start of the new year, flu season has been picking up across the country.

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Children less than two years old and adults older than 65.

The timing of seasonal flu outbreaks vary and can begin as early as late October.

Healthy adults can also provide what's called herd immunity for others by getting the flu shot.

THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained.

It also highlights the need for influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates and the importance of the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network in providing updated information for committee recommendations, he said.

Nationwide, there are more than 6,400 confirmed cases of influenza as of December 29; New Jersey reports 408 cases as of December 29. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu.

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