Flu Vaccine Notice Please note that the Pequannock Health Department will no longer be offering influenza vaccinations in a community clinic setting, beginning with the 2015 fall flu season. This decision was made with careful consideration and data collection over the past few seasons. There has been a steady decline in residents attending these clinics, perhaps due to the increased accessibility of influenza vaccine at other venues. We encourage you take this opportunity to schedule an appointment for your annual vaccination with your medical provider or a convenient retail outlet.
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year.
Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February.
Getting the flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration.
Illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks.
What is the seasonal flu?
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.
How does seasonal flu spread?
Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Who is at risk?
Some groups are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu, including:
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.
Older Adults need Vaccines too!!! Check out this usefull CDC flyer.
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