Flu Time

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Fall brings colder weather and flu season. We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can help stop flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination to reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

People should be vaccinated annually because new vaccine is made every year and protection from vaccination declines after a year.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden:

“The best way you can protect yourself against the flu is to get a flu vaccination this year, and now’s the time to start getting it.”

That’s true for your family, too. Options include the standard flu shot, a shot in the skin with a much smaller needle, a high-dose vaccine for people 65 and older, and a nasal spray,

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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