Get your Flu Shot during
National Influenza Vaccination Week and stay healthy for
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[December 06, 2016]
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
urges anyone who has not yet received a flu shot to get one as soon as
possible. December 4-10, 2016 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a
national observance to highlight the importance of influenza
While many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, flu
activity usually peaks between December and March, a time when
people are with families and out in their communities.
“During the holidays, friends and families often come together to
celebrate,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although
you may be in good health, people around you, like young children
and grandparents, may be at higher risk of suffering serious
complications from the flu. A flu vaccine is the best defense
against getting the flu. If you don’t get the vaccine to protect
yourself, do it to protect the loved ones around you.”
Every year, the flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of
thousands of hospitalizations and thousands and sometimes tens of
thousands of deaths. Even healthy people can get sick from the flu.
Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and
missed work and school due to the flu, as well as prevent
flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
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Due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked
during the previous flu season, the Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP) is temporarily recommending that
people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray.
In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3
C’s: clean, cover, and contain.
Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and
Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.
Contain – contain your germs by staying home if
you are sick.
Flu shots are available at the Logan County Department of Public
Health. Call 217-735-2317 for more information
[Illinois Department of Public