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News Release - For Immediate Use

September 30, 2002

RE: Flu Vaccine 2002

As the weather turns colder, it is once again time to begin thinking about getting a flu shot. Influenza season in the Midwest begins in mid-December or later and can extend into April. Because the flu vaccine only is effective for approximately six months, and does not carry over from year-to-year, the best time to be immunized is late October through November. This timing will allow individuals to be protected throughout the entire flu season. The Scott County Health Department encourages everyone to have a flu shot, but strongly recommends that persons in the following groups receive influenza vaccine every year.

Persons interested in receiving their flu shot are encouraged to contact their primary care provider or to look for the schedule of clinics to be held by Genesis Visiting Nurses Association. Clinics will begin in later October. Influenza is a virus that has symptoms of fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. It commonly lasts for 2-7 days. In addition to getting a yearly flu shot, another important protective measure in regards to influenza is proper handwashing.

More information on influenza is available on the Centers for Disease Control's website at