The DSHS reminds everyone that a flu shot is important, especially for children between the ages of six months and five years old.
"The vaccination window is still open for this year's flu season, so there is plenty of time for residents to get their flu shots and protect themselves and their families", said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. Last year uptake improved for two- and three-year-olds, but if all eligible children are vaccinated this year we could significantly reduce the number of people getting flu in the wider community.
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The Ministry of Health said children and people with chronic medical conditions should be among those getting the vaccine.
Children of all ages with a health condition that put them at greater risk of flu, like asthma, are also eligible for the vaccine. However, should high dose vaccine be unavailable, seniors are strongly encouraged to receive another influenza vaccine product to protect against influenza.
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue. Children can also have a mild stomach upset due to influenza.
The influenza vaccine is available at many locations throughout the community including local pharmacies and health care providers' offices. The ministry said that the cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public so far was 16, 301.