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PA Department of Health reminds residents to get the flu vaccine

07 October 2017, 05:39 | Melissa Porter

2017 influenza data. Source Immunisation Coalition

2017 influenza data graph. Source Immunisation Coalition

Flu season starts now and can continue through the month of May.

County health officials said the 86-year-old man had not been vaccinated and died on October 1.

"This death is an unfortunate reminder that influenza can be fatal", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

Flu season officially began in North Carolina Oct. 1, and you can keep from getting sick with the flu vaccine.

The reasons people don't get a flu shot varies - some don't believe they are effective, others don't want to take time out of their day to get them. Health officials say the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

Several hundred people showed up for for a mass flu clinic in Miller county, Arkansas on Friday. If you didn't make it the flu clinic, you can still drop by the Miller County Health Department on Walnut Street for your flu shot.

"It's not always flawless so it's not 100-percent effective, but what we do know is even if you get the flu vaccine and you happen to get influenza that year, you have a much lower risk of dying and of having severe illness if you have had the shot", pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Meade said.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a high-dose vaccine for adults 65 years or older. For a list of locations, visit this site or call 211.

Flu vaccines also are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

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