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Join Blue and Prevent the Flu - National Influenza Vaccination Week

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"So far there aren't that many cases here in the NY area of influenza, but there will be", he said.

As of now, cases of the flu in Virginia are sporadic, and there has not been a local or widespread outbreak. The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and offers the best protection against the spread of flu.

"This is the time of year when we talk about influenza and how unsafe it can be", said Matt Richardson, DCPH director, in a prepared statement.

Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy throughout flu season. In the northern hemisphere, cases tend to ramp up beginning in October and typically peak anywhere from November to March, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu season can sometimes not end until April, so if you haven't gotten your flu shot, health officials say you shouldn't put it off any longer.

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This season, only injectable flu vaccines are recommended.

"Even if it may not fully protect you, there's no question it reduces the chance of very severe illness and hospitalization", Englender said.

This year's flu shot is the same one used in Australia's recent flu season when it was only 10-percent effective.

Circulating influenza strains may mutate after the World Health Organization decides what should go into that year's vaccine. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications. "The most important thing is still to get your flu vaccine".

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