Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Health Department offers flu shots

Health Department offers flu shots

They have plenty of free flu shots there open to the public.

Here is a list of times and locations where you can get your flu shot.

"The 4 strains this year, there's both a trivalent and a quadravalent vaccine, so those have the two type A flu's and H1N1 and the H3N2 type A flu", said Dr. John Marrow, the Pitt County health director.

Health Department offers flu shots
Health Department offers flu shots

There are many types of flu viruses. "It's important that it'll protect you, it'll protect your family from getting the severe symptoms of the flu, and we want to make sure everyone is protected".

The health body said just under 2.9 million bed days were lost to flu previous year, an 11% increase on 2015 and 32% higher than in 2012.

"Getting vaccinated against flu every year is the single best way to protect against catching or spreading what is a potentially debilitating illness". The ideal time would be before the end of October.

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"It is very easy to get sick as a college student".

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Those without insurance can go to a county public health center. Dependents of students, however, can not avail this service for free as the SEBT plan does not cover for their flu shots.

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Local AM Paul Davies is urging all those eligible for the free influenza (flu) vaccine to protect themselves and those around them.

3 p.m. and November 7, 1 - 5 p.m.

In Idaho, a state resident has died in what health officials are saying is their first flu death of the season. Some stores like Target and Giant Eagle are also giving out a $5 coupon if you get a flu shot in the pharmacies within their stores. The second reason is that experts annually review the formulation of the flu vaccine due to the viruses' constant changes. "Other ways to prevent infection are to avoid close contact with sick individuals, proper hand hygiene, and avoid touching your face, especially mouth, nose, and eyes", says Park.

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The province is offering the flu shot to all Islanders for free this years. "The flu is fever, chills, cough and muscle aches".

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