People urged to roll up sleeves for flu season


October 7, 2011 6:54:57 AM PDT
With flu season upon us, health officials are encouraging people to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.

Flu season typically runs from October to May. And starting Friday, the state health department efforting a big push for vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there should be plenty of vaccines available this year.

CDC officials say just about everyone older than 6-months-old should get flu shots each year.

Complications from the flu are most common among the young, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. However, as emergency room doctors know, it can strike anyone.

"One of the biggest myths is that the flu only strikes those who are in poor health, infants or the elderly, but the truth is the flu can cause serious illness for anyone, regardless of their health," said Dr. Christopher Chao with Rex Expresscare of Cary.

Last year, 41 percent of American adults were vaccinated against seasonal flu.

This year's flu vaccine will protect against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and will be available in both nasal spray and shot forms. No appointment is necessary.

The flu shots are now available at the Public Health Center on Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh. Additional clinics are being held around the Triangle.

Click here for more information about influenza and a vaccine finder.

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