Health Departments to offer free flu shots this week

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Although the state Department of Health has reported that flu activity is already underway here, it's not too late to get vaccinated. They also publish a weekly surveillance report on where the flu is most active titled Flu View.

The health department said that flu vaccination should also be a priority for those persons who live with or care for persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, NIVW is a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January.

"Flu vaccination is essential for not only your health and life, but also for those around you who are more susceptible to the effects of the flu-young children, older adults and those with weakened immune systems", said Amber Pelletier, Director of Health Promotions for American Lung Association in MA.

The first week of December is National Influenza Vaccination Week and believe it or not, it's not too late to protect yourself for the season.

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The flu can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

This week is National Flu Vaccine Week.

Because it is a preventative measure, the vaccine should be free under most health insurance plans.

Moreover, flu shots can be administered any time during pregnancy. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. Those groups, Howard said, can suffer from more severe complications of getting the flu. "By getting vaccinated you are protecting your family and those people you cross paths with every day".