Pediatric flu vaccine now available at all county health dep

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People strongly encouraged to receive a flu vaccine are: children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2; adults 65 years and older; pregnant women; people who have medical conditions like chronic lung disease, asthma, heart disease, a weakened immune system, or diabetes; and smokers.

Cllr Diane Lamb, cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council said: "For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society - small children, the elderly, those with long-term health problems and for pregnant women - it can be extremely risky".

"Children under five have some of the highest rates of influenza and associated complications, and this year has been no different". Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat or cough.

"The best ways to help protect yourself and those around you from influenza are to get immunized, wash your hands frequently, and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue".

"Following the spike in flu cases this year, the Palaszczuk Government is investing $1 million so young children can access a potentially lifesaving vaccine for free", he said.

They're urging those in at risk groups to get the flu jab, which on average causes 8,000 deaths a year on average in England.

"Unfortunately influenza can not be eradicated so we need to continue finding ways of protecting the community from this debilitating virus".

The flu shot is free for those at risk of complications from influenza and those in contact with people at risk.

Right now, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is participating in "Flu Boo IV".

Residents are being urged to get a free flu vaccine ahead of winter.

You can also find a flu clinic near you by visiting the Influenza Clinic Locator (http://immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu) on the ImmunizeBC website.

Remember that it's certainly better to be safe than sorry when it comes to influenza and that getting a flu shot is an effective preventative measure.

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