If it's fall, it's time for your flu shot

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available.

She says it's hard to predict how bad any given flu season will be.

And if there are people in your life who are sick or frail, getting the flu shot is like a "coccoon of protection" to help keep those people safe.

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 Windsor Essex County Health Unit says the influenza season is officially here and they encourage everyone over the age of six months to get the vaccine.

The flu seasons typically lasts until late April.

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"Flu season hasn't quiet started and it takes two weeks for it to work in your body", said Dr. Colin Lee, Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit. Flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic conditions.

Although this uptake rate is the same as the 2015-2016 flu season, it remains less than the World Health Organisation target of 75 per cent.

If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-priced flu shot.

In addition to the seasonal flu vaccination, some people in the at-risk groups may also need pneumococcal vaccine, which most people only need to get it once.

Because it stimulates an immune response, the patient may experience soreness, with symptoms such as muscle aches and headaches for a couple of days.

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