2017-2018 flu season begins

Bernalillo County man confirmed to be the first with flu in New Mexico this season

Health professionals say that's the biggest misconception about the influenza vaccine - as well as one of the most unsafe as we head into flu season. The flu shot will be offered for $25, which is to cover the cost of vaccine administration, however, no one will be turned away for the inability to pay this fee.

While the flu season doesn't typically peak until January, individual cases began surfacing as early as September.

After the worst flu season in recent years, the Queensland Government has announced up to 300,000 children across Queensland would be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year. The nasal-spray flu vaccine is not available.

With influenza already starting to show up in our region this year, Fraser Health is reminding everyone to get their flu shot, not only to protect themselves but also their loved ones.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said influenza caused the most hospital admissions of children under five years. Hundreds of people poured into two locations for free flu shots, some had learned their lesson. "This strain often hits the elderly the hardest and puts them at high risk for complications such as pneumonia, hospitalizations, and even death", says Fraser Health medical health officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal.

According to Wanda Holden, Infection Control Nurse with Sampson Regional Medical Center, there were 583 confirmed cases of the flu during the six month period from September 2016 until March 2017. We use our annual campaign to educate fred's customers on the importance of getting immunized and help them overcome misconceptions.

If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-priced flu shot. Germs spread this way. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Flu vaccines protect against three or four flu virus strains, depending upon the type received.

Local pharmacies and physician offices are offering the flu vaccination daily.

We're all familiar with the flu symptoms, the fever and chills, the aches and coughing.

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