First flu cases of season reported in New Mexico

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The flu shot is now available at clinics, doctor's offices and pharmacies across the region and health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated as they brace for a very busy flu season.

IPSWICH children are now eligible for a free flu vaccine.

National uptake figures indicate that 54 per cent of people aged 65 and over, who hold a medical card or GP visit card, received the flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 flu season. To receive a flu shot, participants should be feeling well on the day of the flu shot exercise and must complete a brief health screening to ensure they can safely receive a flu vaccine.

Flu season is just beginning, but the Henrico County Department of Public Health yesterday was giving away free flu shots and preparing for a potential public health emergency at the same time.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said influenza caused the most hospital admissions of children under five years. The illness level ranges from mild to severe and can sometimes result in hospitalization or death.

The DPH says there are two main types of influenza virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in late August which strains of the flu virus would be in this year's vaccine. If you feel like you are going to faint (it happens), you may want to lay down on an exam table to get your vaccine. We use our annual campaign to educate fred's customers on the importance of getting immunized and help them overcome misconceptions. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water.

Flu symptoms come on suddenly, and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and body aches, chills, and fatigue.

To avoid the spread of these germs, Dr. Brahmbhatt added that cleaning your phone daily with a cloth and anti-viral cleanser will help keep you healthy on and off of the toilet. Some vaccines are made with inactivated flu viruses and therefore are not infectious.