Flu season is here, health officials urge vaccination

Bernalillo County man confirmed to be the first with flu in New Mexico this season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 101 influenza-associated deaths in children for the 2016-2017 flu season.

Director of Nursing Karen Brown says it's hard to predict the severity of each flu season. The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

Is stomach flu the same as seasonal flu? No.

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including healthcare provider offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and public health offices, as well in some worksites and schools.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

"The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology still recommend pregnant women get the flu shot", Longenberger Warunek said.

Taking a shot in the arm could do a lot to protect yourself from this year's flu, says a Stettler pharmacist. To ward off soreness, massage the shot area immediately after the injection and move your arm around to keep the muscle moving and help your body absorb the medicine.

Janet Li-Tall has given thousands of flu shots in her 11 years working at the Occupational Health department of UCLA Health.

If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-priced flu shot. Those include children younger than five, seniors older than 64, and people with conditions like asthma or diabetes. Flu activity begins to increase throughout October and November, but activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. For that reason, health care officials are encouraging everyone to get flu vaccinations now. Medical experts are now warning people who like to talk or text on the toilet that the habit may get you very sick at this time of the year.

The vaccine is different each year because the virus changes frequently, so people should get a shot each fall, the health unit says. Yesterday's drill included 800 free flu shots. "It makes it way better for you to fight the flu". We use our annual campaign to educate fred's customers on the importance of getting immunized and help them overcome misconceptions. Or visit the CDC information page at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm.

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