It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week: Get Your Shots

News reports about pandemic flu have disappeared from the airwaves, but both H1N1 (swine) flu and seasonal flu are still prevalent across the nation. And remember, Flu Season continues through April.

Vaccinations are the best thing you can do to avoid flu. Inoculations protect you and your family, and help stop the spread of flu in your community, your school and where you work.

January 10-15 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. What better time to get vaccinated? It’s easy to do now that the H1N1 vaccine is readily available.

Visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Flu Vaccine Locator to find vaccination clinics near you.

Send e-Cards to your friends encouraging them to also get vaccinated.

Follow these additional simple steps to help prevent the spread of flu:
o Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
o Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
o Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
o Stay home if you’re sick.

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