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Flu season is here: What you need to know

Flu season is here: What you need to know

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(ARA) – The flu season is here and many consumers have questions about who should be vaccinated and when, especially given the H1N1 flu outbreak last year.While the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the end of the H1N1 pandemic, the virus, along with the traditional seasonal flu, is still active and a level of concern remains. This year, for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all individuals older than 6 months get a flu shot. Many will recall that the H1N1 virus struck younger individuals than the 50-plus population who typically are at higher risk for the seasonal flu.

For the best protection against the flu this season, get the “all in one” seasonal flu shot at most any pharmacy location. Photo provided by CVS/pharmacy.

“This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against three strains of influenza expected to be circulating this flu season, including the H1N1 virus,” says Dr. Troy Brennan, chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. “Even if you received an H1N1 shot last flu season, you should still get this year’s ‘all in one’ vaccine.”

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations as early in the season as possible for the best protection. Fortunately, finding the vaccine this year will be easier than ever. For the first time, pharmacists in all 50 states are allowed to provide vaccinations as their role in community health care services continues to expand. According to the CDC, 12 percent of vaccinations last season were pharmacist-administered. And, retail pharmacies are active again this year.  Call your local pharmacy for more information about receiving a flu shot.

Other locations for flu shots

The Kent County Health Department will be giving flu shots to the general public out of their offices. They do not yet have a schedule.

You can also check out one of the nearby flu clinics being held by the Spectrum Visiting Nurses Association:

Sept. 12:

Sparta United Methodist Church, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 54 E. Division, Sparta

Sept. 28:

Cedar Springs City Hall, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,
66 S Main St, Cedar Springs
North Kent Service Center, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.,10075 Northland Dr., Rockford
North Kent Seniors, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 44 N Park, Cedar Springs

Oct. 26:

Cedar Springs Public Schools, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 204 E. Muskegon, Cedar Springs

Oct. 28:

Cedar Springs Public Schools, 3:00-4:30 p.m. – 204 E. Muskegon, Cedar Springs
Check out the Visiting Nurse website at http://www.vnaa.org for additions to this list or alternate locations.

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