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9/27/2012 3:00:00 PM
Health Department announces flu shots

The Switzerland County Health Department is again offering flu vaccinations. The shots will be offered to Switzerland County residents at no charge. Children are included from ages six months and up.

Hours for flu shots are 8-10:30 a.m. and noon until 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Vaccinations will not be given on Thursdays.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs) in humans.

The flu is different from a cold, mainly because the symptoms and complications are more severe.

Influenza usually comes on suddenly and my include symptoms such as: fever, headache, malaise (a feeling of being ill and without energy that can be extreme), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches.

A lot of the illness and death caused by the influenza virus can be prevented by a yearly influenza vaccine. Most individuals six months of age and older should get the influenza vaccine every year. It is especially important for people in high-risk groups and people who are in close contact with those at high-risk to get an influenza vaccine every year as recommended by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

For more information, contact the Switzerland County Health Department at 427-3220.

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