CDC, local docs: Now is the time to get the flu shot

SCDHEC offers free flu shots at 3 locations beginning this week

SCDHEC offers free flu shots at 3 locations beginning this week

"What is going to be exciting [this year] is that pharmacists will be able to vaccinate children five years and older", Medical Health Officer in Prince Albert Dr Khami Chokani told paNOW. In particular, the authority advised that the shot should be given to young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with health conditions that might weaken their immune system, as these groups are especially at risk of developing complications from the flu.

Despite the recent warm weather, flu season is coming and officials are reminding the public now is the time to take advantage of the free flu shot.

Three clinics are scheduled for October 25: Inglis Court and Yardley Place from 9-10 a.m., and Sussex Arms from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Ingham County Health Department's next public flu clinic is on Wednesday at their South Cedar Street location in Lansing.

It's hard to predict how severe a flu season might be or how effective this year's vaccine is.

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When attending a clinic, people are asked to bring their Saskatchewan health card with them to receive their immunization, and to be prepared to wait an additional 15 minutes after receiving their immunization.

According to the SHA, hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of germs. Vail says it isn't easy to predict how severe the flu season might be, explaining that "there were some pediatric deaths past year, a number of pediatric deaths".

The state's health agency on Monday declared the official end to the 2018 season, which lasted nine weeks.

You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine.

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