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Tuesday
Dec102013

NH DHHS Recognizes National Influenza Immunization Week It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes National

Influenza Immunization Week, December 8-14, 2013, to highlight the

importance of getting vaccinated against seasonal flu. The Immunization

Program in DPHS wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the

importance of vaccination against seasonal influenza.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that yearly

flu vaccination begins as soon as flu vaccine becomes available. By

getting vaccinated now before getting together with family and friends for

the holidays will help protect the ones you care about.



Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can result in

severe illness, hospitalization, or even death for some patients. Typical

symptoms include cough, muscle aches, fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore

throat, and fatigue. Certain populations are at greater risk of

complications from the flu and should be sure to receive the vaccine every

year.



“In recent years DPHS and the Immunization Program have been working with

local partners to host school-based clinics in their districts,” said Dr.

José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Since September, 92

school-based clinics have been held and it is expected that approximately

5,500 students will be immunized this influenza season at their schools. I

want to thank and commend all the people in the towns and at the schools

who worked so hard to make this happen.”



“If you won’t get vaccinated for yourself,” continued Montero, “do it for

the ones you love and care for. Remember too, that all routinely

recommended vaccines for children in New Hampshire are available at no cost

to parents. Contact your healthcare provider for more information.”



In the 2012-2013 flu season, 48.9% of people who were eligible received a

flu vaccine in New Hampshire. As long as flu viruses are still circulating,

it is not too late to be vaccinated. Flu season has just begun and

generally runs until May. There are plenty of doses of flu vaccine

available in New Hampshire and it is recommended for everyone who is at

least 6 months of age.



Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices,

clinics, retail stores and pharmacies, and health care centers, as well as

employers and some schools. To find a clinic near you visit

http://flushot.healthmap.org/. To learn more about National Influenza

Vaccination Week visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/. To find out more about

the NH Immunization Program go to

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.

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