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Keep in mind flu shot will not protect you against H1N1



September 24, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SVA , NVAX

Keep in mind flu shot will not protect you against H1N1

Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:05 AM CDT



Health officials are encouraging people to get the seasonal flu shot as soon as they are available. The Chippewa County Health Department has begun holding seasonal flu clinics in September.

“The seasonal flu shot is the first line of protection for people who want to increase their chances of staying healthy this flu season,” said Jean Durch, Chippewa County Health Officer.

The seasonal flu shot is designed to protect people from getting the common flu viruses that are spread every year during the typical flu season. These viruses cause an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs.

It is especially important for some people like infants, the elderly, and those with certain health conditions to get the seasonal flu shot because the flu can make them much sicker than others.

The seasonal flu shot will not protect against the novel H1N1 flu. A vaccine for the novel H1N1 virus is expected to be available later in the fall. The seasonal flu shot can be the first step in your personal plan to stay healthy this flu season.

People are encouraged to take three steps to protect against all the flu viruses this season.

First, take the time to get vaccinated when shots are available. Second, take everyday actions to help stop the spread of flu. These include covering your cough or sneeze, washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding close contact with others who are sick.

Third, if you do get the flu contact your physician within two days of the start of symptoms to see if antiviral drugs are appropriate for you.

The cost of immunizations is $32 for influenza (flu) and $50 for pneumonia.

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