National Influenza Vaccination Week

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But time is running out for you to get inoculated and have that two-week period of building up a resistance to the flu.

Widespread flu activity is now in four states where past year there were none at this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "In fact, it's a great time to get a shot before the flu season takes off".

Past year saw 231,354 doses of vaccine taken.

Of the 3,000 vaccines Public Health bought this year, 334 are still available. And it states getting the flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu and its consequences.

AHS's statistics also indicate influenza has been somewhat more active earlier in the season than previous year.

The figure below shows peak flu activity for the United States by month for the 1982-1983 through 2015-2016 flu seasons. Season to date, the health department has provided 399 vaccinations and has 228 doses left in stock.

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A flu shot is always a good idea, she said, adding that it is unusual for it to cause any major side-effects.

The possibility of a "flu-pocalypse" is being talked about after record numbers of patients were diagnosed with influenza in Australia, whose flu season just ended. Among the most at risk for complications from the flu include seniors over 65 years old, children under age five, and pregnant women.

The Douglas County Community Health Center is located at 6770 Selman Dr.

"For people at high risk, getting the flu can be far more serious than for other people", says Dr. Bart Crosby with Navarro Family Clinic. That is about the same number of students who received vaccines a year ago and slightly less than 25 percent of the student body.

It is hard for the foundation to track the success of its program for reducing flu cases, McGrath said. "So typically there's no cost to the vaccine", she said. "That communication is not very successful".