Harford Health Department offers flu shot clinics for school-aged children

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Harford Health Department offers flu shot clinics for school-aged children

Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

The uncertainty of when the flu will strike has local health officials encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated now.

Of course, the more people protected, the better protected the community.

Dr. Yves Jalbert, deputy director of Public Health Protection, said the vaccine is highly recommended for infants six to 23 months old, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, and those over the age of 60.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

"The good news is, the virus that they're seeing is one that's included in the seasonal vaccine this year", Glashower said.

Patty Quinlisk, says the first flu-related death of the season was an elderly central Iowa man, who died earlier this month.

But, they say this recent death is a reminder the flu virus can be deadly. Relatives of people with these conditions are also encouraged to get the flu shot, as are health workers.

It's that time of year again. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Colds, the CDC says, generally don't lead to serious complications or hospital stays, but the flu can if left untreated.

That's right on track for a normal flu season.

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