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Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled in Hamilton

Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled in Hamilton”

The flu season for Mesa County starting earlier than a year ago.

As part of a push to help keep residents healthy this flu season, the Madison Health Department will be providing free vaccinations twice this month at the Chisholm Community Center.

Flu season is starting to ramp up in parts of Texoma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot.

"This year's seasonal flu vaccine is a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against the four strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating in the northern hemisphere this season".

If Australia was any indication, the flu season here will arrive early, so get your flu shot now, US health officials said Thursday. Flu activity typically peaks in January or February. This year, the event will be held for residents on October 16. "We encourage every Oklahoman to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot as soon as possible". "Most insurance plans will cover the shot, including Medicare".

People with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine can not get the flu shot.

The flu can pose a serious health risk for children younger than 5 and adults older than 65. While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing or sneezing into your elbow; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

Talk to your health care provider for more information about the flu vaccine.

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