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Cape May County Announces Flu Clinic Schedule

It is time for your flu shot. (image credit: Dreamstime.com)

The Department of Health will be hosting free flu clinics throughout Cape May County from September through November.

High-dose flu shots will be offered at senior center clinics while supplies last.

For more information call the Nursing Division at (609) 465-1200.

“Flu vaccine is your best defense against the seasonal flu,” said health officer Kevin Thomas.

According to the Center of Disease Control, flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year.

For example, during 2016-2017, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations throughout the United States.

Center for Disease Control defines influenza, or seasonal flu, as a contagious illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs.

The flu is spread by droplets, which are made when an individual coughs, sneezes or talks.

The droplets can land on surfaces or an individual, which can result in the spread of the infection. Individuals at the highest risk of developing flu related complications are individuals 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, pregnant women, individuals with low immune system, and young children.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)

The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. It is also important to wash your hands, stay home if sick, and cover cough and sneezes. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office.

For more information on upcoming flu clinics, and the flu visit www.cmchealth.net. Also visit the site on Facebook for updated information.