Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Carol E. Davis for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Cary, NC – Getting vaccinated against the flu and the H1N1 Virus is your best protection against the influenza virus. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Millions of people die from the flu every year in the United States so it is a good thing to take precautions.
Flu Season Starts in October and Peaks in January & February
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza.
- The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic.
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2011-2012 vaccines are available.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Cary EMS Offers Free Flu Clinic
Cary Area Emergency Medical Services will be offering a free flu clinic November 5, 2011 to the public starting at 8:00 am and until the vaccine is no longer available. You must be 4 years old and above to receive the vaccine.
Cary Area EMS vaccinated over 1,500 people since starting the clinic in 2006.
“We feel that we want to continue to provide this clinic as a benefit to the community, especially in these tough economical times,” said Steven Cohen, chief.
The clinic will be at Cary Area EMS, 107 Medcon Court just north of the intersection of Maynard Road and Kildaire Farm Road. Please park in the rear of Terry Floor Fashions.
For more information, contact Steven Cohen at 380-6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org