Get kids vaccinated against flu virus, Children's Authority advises

Grant Boone
November 28, 2019

The Ministry of Health said that as of last Friday, the number of suspected cases for this flu season had reached 2,738 and that there had been 16 confirmed deaths.

County health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions like lung disease and people age 65 or older.

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have also urged those eligible to get their free flu vaccine and parents of two and three-year-olds to protect their children against the flu.

"It can take up to two weeks after being vaccinated to develop protection against influenza and that's why getting your flu shot early is so important", she added.

The flu vaccine is the first line of defense to protect not only yourself but the people around you who are vulnerable to the flu.

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State officials are reminding Virginians it's not too late to get their flu vaccine.

"Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, a stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness". Children can also have a mild stomach upset due to influenza.

The influenza vaccine is available at local pharmacies, health care providers' offices, and by appointment at Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

For more information about the influenza vaccine, ways to prevent getting sick, as well as how to treat mild symptoms at home, visit phsd.ca or call 705.522.9200, ext.

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