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Community to Fight the Flu

Sep 22, 2014

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, October 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 is recommending everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Many people who get the flu recover in 1-2 weeks, but 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 and spreading the flu.

Bellisario adds, "Flu vaccines are available at many doctor's offices, pharmacies, retail stores, and health clinics throughout the community. We encourage people to visit one of these many convenient locations and get your seasonal flu vaccination!"

Organizations can get flu information for distribution by calling the Peoria City/County Health Department at 309-679-6603. For more information on important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org

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