Flu Season off to a fast start

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The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and offers the best protection against the spread of flu.

Flu season can sometimes not end until April, so if you haven't gotten your flu shot, health officials say you shouldn't put it off any longer.

In an effort to encourage people to get a flu shot this season, Camp Hill, Pa. -based Rite Aid is teaming with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

The virus is now widespread in four states.

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Each year, millions of Americans receive a flu shot in the hopes of reducing their risk of contracting seasonal influenza or at least in the hopes of lessening the symptoms if they do contract the disease.

According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the USA between December and February. He said it's important to always wash your hands. Another reason is because strains can change over time, making the initial vaccine much less effective. Log onto nghd.org to find these North Georgia Health District county health departments' contact information by clicking the LOCATIONS tab at top of the home page.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2017-2018 flu season.

National Influenza Immunization week runs from December 2 through December 9. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu.

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