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State, Federal Officials Remind Health Care Workers, Other at-Risk Individuals to Get Annual Flu Shot
Date:11/15/2007

eason typically begins in October and peaks in February and March. While October and November are the best times to be vaccinated, individuals can still be protected by getting a flu shot in December or later. The Department of Health will be stressing this message during National Influenza Vaccination Week, which begins Nov. 26.

The CDC recommends the following groups get immunized for the 2007-08 flu season, since they are at a higher risk for developing complications due to influenza:

-- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions;

-- People who live with or care for any individual in a high-risk group;

-- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;

-- People 50 years of age and older;

-- Health care workers;

-- Family members, caregivers, and other household contacts of infants six months and younger, as these children are too young for vaccination;

-- Children aged 6-59 months; and

-- Pregnant women.

Each year in the United States, an average of 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from complications due to influenza.

For more information on influenza, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit our flu shot locator at http://www.health.state.pa.us/flu.

CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman

(717) 787-1783


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