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It's flu season; should you get a shot?

• Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 3:59 PM

While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect you and your family from the flu. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone 6 months and older should get an injectable flu vaccine before the end of October.

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) encourages the community to get an annual flu shot as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Getting a flu shot now is the best way to protect against flu for the upcoming season. To schedule an appointment, call HCPH at 419-668-1652 ext. 241.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine, especially those that are at higher risk of serious flu complications. These people can include:

• Pregnant women – getting vaccinated can also protect the baby months after birth

• Children younger than 5 years old

• People 65 years and older

• Those with chronic medical conditions

• Anyone with someone in the home that is unable to get a flu vaccine

Why get a flu vaccine?

The main purpose for getting a flu vaccine is to stay healthy through flu season. Studies have shown that getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of illness by 40 to 60 percent. However if you do get sick, it can help reduce the severity of symptoms and reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. Getting a flu vaccine can also help protect those around you that are either too young or have certain health conditions that prevent them from receiving their own flu vaccine.

To schedule a flu shot appointment with HCPH call 419-668-1652 ext. 241.

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