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Flu vaccination season has arrived

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Fall is just around the corner, which means it's time to get vaccinated against the flu, health officials say.

Flu season in the U.S. generally spans from October to May, peaking in January and February. However, vaccines are effective for an entire year, so somebody getting a vaccine now will be covered well through 2014.

Delma Hardin is Delaware County's public health manager. She says it takes two weeks for an influenza vaccine to kick into effect.

She also said some people are at higher risk than others for contracting the flu.

"Some people would get sicker from it, such as children, adults who are 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, like liver or heart and lung disease," Hardin said.

Experts do not predict there will be any shortage of the vaccine this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say manufacturers are shipping out their stock of vaccines for the 2013-2014 season and producing a combined total of more than 135 million doses.

The CDC recommends everyone older than six months get a flu vaccine -- and no later than October, for greatest effectiveness in flu prevention.

In the past few decades, the number of flu-related deaths every year has ranged from 3,000 to 49,000, according to the CDC.

The Delaware County Public Health Department is hosting a number of public walk-in flu shot clinics. The information is as follows.

  • Thurs., Oct. 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Health Fair and the Delaware County Community Center in Manchester
  • Tues., Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Delhi United Methodist Church
  • Tues., Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greeley Commercial Club
  • Wed., Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hopkinton Community Center
  • Mon., Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Colesburg Community Center
  • Tues., Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Earlville United Parish
  • Wed., Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dundee Fire Station/Community Center
  • Thurs., Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Manchester Golden Age Activity Center

The vaccine is free if people present their Medicare card. For everybody else, the cost is $22.

Call 563-927-7551 for more information.

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