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For Your HealthBY KRISTIN McDERMOTT, Health EducatorSquashing the Flu-Bug before it Bites: Autumn Opportunities to Get Your Flu Shotsick person. Along with making sure to get your flu shot, you can help stop the spread of flu by washing your hands with soap and water after being around a sick person. If soap and water is not an option, use a hand sanitizer. If you or a family member gets sick, stay home where the flu virus cannot spread and take care of yourself.paper will not keep the flu from giving you aches, fevers, vomiting, and stuffy noses. Each autumn Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) starts to see this virus pester our com- munity. Before the flu-bug takes over your household, CCPHD invites you and your family to one of our clinics to get your annual flu shot.Symptoms of the flu will come on suddenly and include chills, headaches, stuffy nose, fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. In children, it may also include diarrhea, vomiting, stom- ach pain, and feeling tired. The flu can be surprisingly dangerous to people, es- pecially those with underlying medical conditions.What you need to know about the flu shot – Flu season in Michigan usu- ally starts in October and can last as late as May. One of the best ways to avoid the flu is getting the annual flu shot, but it can take up to two weeks to be fully effective, so the sooner you can visit us the better. The flu shot will not make you sick. Some people may experience a response to the vaccine including mild muscle aches and low fever.People of every age, including those in good health, are at risk of catching the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive the vaccine. It is especiallyNotable ways you can keep the flu away – The flu is one of those viruses that can spread very easily from person to person through sneezing or coughing, contact with germs on the hands of a sick person, or by touching objects or surfaces that have been touched by aMaking the choice to get vaccinated is a great way for you to stay healthy, but along with that, it also protects our families and the whole community. It is safe, it is cost effective (most insurance companies cover it), and it works. Weat CCPHD so appreciate your help in keeping Calhoun County healthy; we will happily reward your actions with a FREE t-shirt (while supplies last). We have children’s sizes too, so don’t forget to bring your little ones along.14 SCENE 4409 I HEALTH ISSUEInfluenza (more commonly known as the flu) is not your usual bug; it is a virus you can’t see with your eyes, and unfortunately, a swift swat from a rolled-up news-important for protecting those at higher risk for serious complications, includ- ing infants and young children, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions, and those providing care for high-risk individuals.Ready to get your flu shot? –To get your flu shot, you and your family can visit our Albion or Battle Creek clinic at the hours below. Or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook. com/CCPublicHealthDepartment) to know when our mobile clinic will be out in the community giving flu shots at locations near you!• CCPHD Battle Creek Clinic: (269) 969-6363 Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Client check in 8am-3:45pm (open through lunch)Clinic Hours• CCPHDAlbionClinic:(517) 629-9434 Monday-Friday, 8am-12:30pm and 1-4:30pm.Client check in 8-11:45am and 1-3:45pm

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