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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLU

Flu season = October - March

 

WHAT IS THE FLU?
  
The flu, the common name for influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?   
 · Fever  · Chills  ·Cough    · Body Aches · Headache  ·Fatigue  ·Weakness

WHAT ARE SOME COMPLICATIONS OF THE FLU?
 ·Sinus Infection   ·Bronchitis   ·Pneumonia

 

WHO GETS THE FLU?   Anyone can get the flu.

HOW DOES THE FLU SPREAD?
The flu virus spreads though droplets in the air after people cough and sneeze.    These droplets are transmitted by breathing them in or touching them on surfaces.

 

HOW CAN THE FLU BE PREVENTED?
· Get the flu vaccine · Cover coughs and sneezes · Wash hands frequently · Avoid sick people

 

Misconceptions about Flu Vaccines

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been 'inactivated' and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine). The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm

 

Where can you get the flu vaccine?

Camden County Free Flu Shot schedule:

http://www.camdencounty.com/health/seasonal-flu-shot-schedule

 

Bellmawr Regional Health Center - Mondays 1pm-4pm /  Fridays 9am-12pm

Call (856) 931-2700 for an appointment


 

Reminder

All preschool students under the age of 5 as of 12/31/2016 are required have influenza vaccination

Proof of vaccination is due by 12/21/16

 

 

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