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Va. Health Officials Confirm Early Arrival of Flu Season

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Va. health officials confirm early flu season activity, advise people to get vaccinated Va. health officials confirm early flu season activity, advise people to get vaccinated

ACCOMAC, Va.- The Eastern Shore Health District has confirmed the early arrival of seasonal influenza to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and the health department is advising residents to protect themselves and their families.

According to the The Eastern Shore Health District, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The CDC says this is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different influenza viruses, the Eastern Shore Health District says the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main viruses that are most likely to cause the most illness during flu season.

The Eastern Shore Health District is advising people to begin getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Health officials say it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the virus.

Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious influenza complications, according to the The Eastern Shore Health District. They say people considered high risk include children younger than 5 years old, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and people with medical conditions.

The The Eastern Shore Health District says the seasonal influenza vaccine is currently available at the following locations:

· Chincoteague Community Health Center

· Atlantic Community Health Center

· Onley Community Health Center

· Franktown Community Health Center

· Bayview Community Health Center

· CVS Pharmacy - Onley

· Rite Aid Pharmacy – Onley and Exmore

· Rayfield's Pharmacy – Nassawadox and Cape Charles

· Riverside Cape Charles Medical Center –High dose for 65 and older only

· Accomack County Health Department –18 and under only uninsured or underinsured

· Northampton County Health Department - 18 and under only uninsured or underinsured

The Eastern Shore Health District says additional shipments of flu vaccine are coming in to other local physician offices and pharmacies every week.

Health officials say in addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. Experts advise people who are sick with flu to stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ .

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