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Health District Officials Recommend the Flu Vaccination

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Officials with the Washoe County Health District say people are beginning to show the signs and symptoms of influenza this fall.

Lynnie Shore, the immunization program coordinator at the health district, says the best way for all people 6 months of age and older to avoid the flu, is to receive an annual flu vaccination.

“We want to ideally get everybody vaccinated by the end of October just to have them prepared for when the holidays come because you don't want to give the gift of the flu," says Shore.

Shore says the seasonal influenza is actually the leading cause of illness and death of all vaccine preventable diseases.

She says adults 50 years of age and older and children younger than 5 are considered high risk groups.

According to the CDC, a few things are also new to the flu season in 2016. One change is that only injectable flu shots are available and the flu mists will no longer be an option as it was found to not be effective in preventing the disease.

A second change is the vaccine itself, which has been updated to better match circulating viruses.

“We do have a new formulation for the flu vaccine this year so it's important even if you got vaccinated last year that you get re-vaccinated with each new flu season,” says Shore.

People can go to influencenevada.org to find a flu clinic locator.

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