Health dept. uses National Influenza Vaccination Week as flu shot reminder

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A health department is encouraging people to get vaccinated against influenza as what is typically the peak of flu season draws near.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is recognizing National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is Dec. 4-10, as a good time to remind people to get the flu shot. The department said flu activity typically peaks between December and February, although it does vary from season to season.

“It takes a couple of weeks for the flu shot to fully kick in," said Public Health Nurse Allison Gosbin in a statement from the department released Tuesday. "We want people to share happy moments at the holidays, not fevers, sore throats, muscles aches, and the other miserable symptoms that come with the flu.”

The department said the flu sickens millions of Americans every flu season and is deadly for thousands of people every year. It said everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every season. They're available at your health care provider's office, your local health department and at many pharmacies. You can find more information by clicking the link on the right side of this story.

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