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Community to Fight the Flu

Sep 30, 2016

The Peoria City/County Health Department is rallying the community this flu season to help protect against influenza. Businesses, schools, the faith community, and individuals are all encouraged to make protection against seasonal flu a priority. The message is simple:

Get your flu vaccine - it's available throughout the community.

Jean Bellisario, Director of Infectious Disease at Peoria City/County Health Department states, "With our flu season typically running November through May, now is actually a great time for the community to start promoting flu vaccination to help protect against seasonal influenza. We encourage businesses, schools, faith-based groups, as well as individuals to help spread the word about getting vaccinated against the flu. We encourage groups to use their worksite wellness programs, newsletters, and even their websites and social media posts to tell others about vaccination as the first and most important step in helping protect all of us against this serious disease."

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus which is different from a cold. While many people who get the flu recover in 1-2 weeks, some develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications. Every flu season is different and unpredictable. Getting vaccinated each year has proven to be the single best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu or spreading it to others who can't get vaccinated.

Bellisario adds, "This year the CDC recommends a flu shot for the best protection, rather than using a nasal spray which was not as effective in past years. Flu vaccines are available at many doctor's offices, health clinics, pharmacies, retail stores, and health departments throughout the area. We encourage people to visit one of these many convenient locations to get your seasonal flu vaccination!"

For more information on important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department continues efforts to
improve community health in Peoria County with the overarching goal
“to increase the number of people who are healthy at every stage of life.”

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