Public health urges residents to get flu shot

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With the colder weather hitting Waterloo Region now, public health officials are reminding everyone to get a flu shot. The paper's authors looked at immunization rates from the 2012-2013 flu season, when the nasal spray vaccine was still available, through the 2016-2017 flu season.

"As flu season approaches, this is a great opportunity for the public to get vaccinated while helping the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) exercise our capabilities to distribute medications to the community in an emergency scenario", said Dr. Eric Handler, Public Health Officer.

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Wright says you can still get the flu after getting the shot, but the symptoms will be milder.

In addition to the clinics the SCHSA will offer flu vaccinations at their office at 820 Scenic Drive in Modesto.

Each year in California, influenza is estimated to cause millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths, according to the CDPH. "The more people that have obtained the flu shot that you're around, the less likely you are going to get the flu".

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The mist is free for anyone 2- to 18-years old, but may come with a fee for anyone else. The symptoms include fever and body aches.

For the week ending October 14-the second week of the 2017-2018 flu season-surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a growing flu season across the United States.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February.

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