Cases of the Flu confirmed in Clinton County, New York

Flu season is here – are you ready?

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The most common reasons employees cited for not taking a sick day included feeling like they could still perform their job duties, not feeling "bad enough" to stay home, not feeling contagious, feeling obligated to be present for coworkers, and not being able to find a coworker to cover for them.

Information on where to find a flu shot can be found on the Flu Finder website.

There are some circumstances where you might feel down after the shot, but it's not because you have the flu.

It is recommended that anyone over six months old should get a flu vaccination, according to the department. It's also the neighborly thing to do.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

The best way to protect yourself is to receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible, Facteau said. "So there is never a time when you shouldn't get it during that time period", says Dr. Crawford.

23% of adults don't get the flu shot because they have a fear of needles. A year ago in NY state, almost 4,000 children (birth to age 17) and more than 7,000 people age 65 and up were hospitalized with laboratory confirmed flu.

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Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots started being administered at clinics, doctor's offices, pharmacies, and workplaces last month. Also, check with your healthcare provider and at www.tpchd.org/flu. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu".

However, while many are lining up to get the influenza vaccine, others remain skeptical of the shot's effects.

Influenza remains a global public health threat that cycles around the globe each year, based on seasons and strains. "It is a preventative measure to those with chronic conditions that may worsen if they got the flu".

Gray said flu symptoms are well known.

· Fever that went away but has returned two or more days later.

Perhaps the most controversial of the myths surrounding the flu shot are claims that the vaccine causes autism in children.

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