Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Shots

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At risk groups urged to get flu vaccine

The flu shot is either injected or given through the nose.

The drive-through clinic is from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department at 171 Emery Highway, according to a North Central Health District release. "Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations".

Doren said that those five cases so far have been Influenza type A and B. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and up.

While the flu shots are free, insurance companies will be billed for the vaccine. Everyone who chooses not to get vaccinated seems to have an excuse. This year's vaccine contains two A strains and a B strain of the virus.

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Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois noted that the vaccine is free for people considered more vulnerable to contracting the virus and developing complications.

Of course, the more people protected, the better protected the community. Relatives of people with these conditions are also encouraged to get the flu shot, as are health workers. Oeding emphasized the importance of the vaccine for those who interact with children under 6 months old.

She noted a 2017 study from Pediatrics that showed the flu vaccination "significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza".

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