Health Department reminds residents to get flu vaccine

The Randolph Elkins Health Department would like to remind everyone to get their flu shot. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you have not gotten your influenza vaccine yet, it is not too late. The flu vaccine has many benefits and is the best way to resist the flu and its potentially serious consequences.

Everyone 6 months and older should receive an influenza vaccine. It is most important that the most vulnerable people get the vaccine and that would be children younger than 2, the elderly, pregnant women, people in nursing homes and those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and immune deficiencies.

The vaccine can cause fever and sore muscles, but you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. This year’s quadrivalent vaccine has two Influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) plus two Influenza B viruses. Every year the vaccine is made up of the viruses predicted to cause the next winter’s sicknesses.