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Town of Orange Health Department – Health Bytes:  It’s time to get your “Influenza (Flu) Vaccin

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) started this year’s Flu Vaccine Campaign and offered the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination starting September 19,2017.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Influenza is a serious and life threatening disease.  Every flu season, millions of people get the flu every year, several thousands of people are hospitalized and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year.  Healthy people can get very sick and spread the infection to others.

Flu season in the US can begin as early as October and last as late as May, so the annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading it to others.

How do Flu vaccines work?  Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.  That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.  Most of studies show that flu vaccination will reduce the risk of flu illness by 40% to 60% among the overall population during seasons.

What are the benefits of flu vaccination?  There are many reasons and benefits to get a flu vaccine each year:

  • Can keep you from getting sick with flu;
  • Can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults;
  • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions;
  • Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting vaccinated against the flu can also protect a baby from flu after birth.  (A mother can pass antibodies onto the developing baby during pregnancy);
  • Flu vaccination also may make your flu illness milder if you do get sick; and
  • Getting vaccinated also protects people around you.

When should you get vaccinated?  You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community.

Where can I get a flu vaccine?  In 605A Orange Center Road Orange town (Clark Building), Days/Time of flu clinic:

10/16/17 at 1-3Pm in High Plains Community Center (525 Orange Center Road);

10/19/17 at 4-7Pm in OVNA; and

10/26/17 at 12-4Pm in High Plains Community Center.

If you need additional information, feel free to contact our Team in OVNA.

Reference:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Saving Lives, Protecting People

By Maria Biondi, Judy Benson, Fatima Elfadli & Amir Mohammad, MD

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