Vaccines help protect during flu season

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Anyone 6 months an older should get a vaccination that protects against 4 strains of the flu virus. The flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms such as a fever, body aches and sore throat.

"There are way to reduce your chances of getting the flu", Rudberg said. The vaccines are given in the autumn ideally before flu starts circulating. Getting vaccinated is key for preventing you from getting the flu.

While it is possible that the flu vaccine may not fully protect you against the all of the flu viruses that are around each year, it does help boost your immune system to help fight against those you may be exposed to.

The free flu vaccine is available to anyone who is over the age of 65, pregnant; or has certain medical conditions.

Flu is highly infectious and spreads easily, and it can be particularly unsafe for people who are already in hospital and at risk of infection.

Dr John Rodriguez, Public Health Screening and Immunisation lead for Kent and Medway said: "The flu virus is easily spread within communities". This year children aged 2 and 3 years, or in school years Reception, one, two, three, and four are eligible for a child-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine. Both vaccines are highly recommended for those at risk. My message to you is to please take the time to protect yourselves.

For more information on the Flu vaccination or to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine, contact the Sampson County Health Department at 910-592-1131, ext.

Flu vaccines are offered at many locations, including doctor offices, clinics, pharmacies, health centers and the Health Department.