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September 22, 2013

Flu vaccinations Monday at Meridian Activity Center

MERIDIAN — Representatives of Greater Meridian Health Clinic will be at Meridian Activity Center to give flu shots on Monday,  from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

    It is not too early to give the shot, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC's website (www.cdc.gov) provides the following information about flu vaccination:

    Can a flu shot give you the flu?

    No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.

    Should I wait to get vaccinated so that my immunity lasts through the end of the season?

    No. CDC recommends that influenza vaccination begin as soon as flu vaccine becomes available and continues throughout the flu season. The flu season is unpredictable, and since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated early so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.

    Is it too late to get vaccinated after Thanksgiving (or the end of November)?

    No. Vaccination can still be beneficial as long as influenza viruses are circulating. CDC recommends that providers begin to offer influenza vaccination as soon as vaccine becomes available in the fall, but if you have not been vaccinated by Thanksgiving (or the end of November), it can still be protective to get vaccinated in December or later. Influenza is unpredictable and seasons can vary. Seasonal influenza disease usually peaks in January or February most years, but disease can occur as late as May.

    We all know how to prevent the spread of germs that can cause cold and flu viruses, don’t we? Besides getting the flu vaccine, we want to stay home when sick. Please, Wash your hands with soap and water – often! Do not cough into your hands, cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief. Keep disinfectant on hand to clean door knobs, countertops, frequently touched surfaces. Be aware of how easy it is to spread illness.

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