National Influenza Vaccination Week is coming to a close—did you get your flu shot?
More than one-third of the country has already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week ending Saturday, health officials are aiming to increase that percentage—especially since this year's season may be a bad one. The 2012-13 season is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in a while, officials from the CDC said in a teleconference Monday. There have been a larger-than-usual number of suspected flu cases in five Southern states, and this year's strain may be more virulent. Two children have already died of the illness and more than 200,000 people each year are hospitalized due to complications from the flu, according to …
The county has 19 flu vaccination events scheduled for Oct. 10-Nov. 5.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Camden County’s annual flu shot program kicks off today, Oct. 10, with the first of 19 clinics scheduled. The 2012 Seasonal Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization Program begins at the Senior Health Fair because senior citizens are among the priority groups for flu shots, said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. Other high-priority groups include pregnant women and the chronically ill. Flu shots are also recommended for those with weakened immune or cardiovascular systems, chronic metabolic diseases, renal dysfunction or blood disorders. The clinics serve county residents 9 years and older (minors must be accompanied by an adult.) Children younger than 9 need two shots a month apart, and should visit…