Free Flu Shots for Community Members

Massena Memorial Hospital Offers Free Flu Shots to Community Members on November 10th
Before your family gets caught under the weather…Massena Memorial Hospital is offering free flu shots to the first 100 community members who are 19 years or older, on Monday, November 10 in the Community Education Room from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
According to the Center for Disease Control, CDC, a lot of the illness and death caused by the flu can be prevented by yearly flu shots. The CDC suggests to prevent the flu: get vaccinated
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each fall. The "flu shot" – an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against influenza-like illnesses caused by other viruses.
When to Be Vaccinated? The CDC recommends October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but getting vaccinated in December or even later can still be beneficial. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
What Everyone Should Know About Seasonal Flu and the Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Seasonal flu is not just a really bad cold. The flu is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body. It can spread quickly from one person to another. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something - such as a surface or object - with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Every year in the U.S., on average:
•    5% to 20% of the population gets the flu,
•    More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu complications and;
•    About 23,500 (and as high as about 48,000) people die from seasonal flu.
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a flu shot or flu spray vaccination every year.
You can't get flu from getting a flu vaccine! The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. It stimulates your body to produce antibodies. These antibodies provide protection against infection by flu viruses. The flu vaccine takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to provide protection against influenza virus infection. Until then, you are still at risk for getting the flu.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious complications from seasonal flu. Those who live or work with people who are at high risk should get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
Persons Recommended for Seasonal Influenza Vaccination: everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination should begin as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available.
Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe complications from influenza or at higher risk for influenza-related outpatient, emergency department, or hospital visits. When vaccine supply is limited, vaccination efforts should focus on delivering vaccination to the following persons:
•    all children aged 6 months--4 years (59 months);
•    all persons aged 50 years or older;
•    adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma) or cardiovascular (except isolated hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
•    adults and children who have immune system suppression (including immune system suppression caused by medications or by HIV);
•    children and adolescents (aged 6 months--18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
•    residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities;
•    American Indians/Alaska Natives;
•    persons who are morbidly obese (BMI =40);
•    health care personnel;
•    household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years or older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months; and
•    Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health-care provider.

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