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Metro Brief: Flu season vaccinations available now

District of Columbia

On November 20, 2011

Every year, 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, more than 30,000 people die from the flu and 200,000 are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Those statistics point up the importance of getting vaccinated against the potentially deadly disease.

 To receive a flu shot, consult college campus medical centers, personal physicians and local pharmacies, such as CVS, Walgreens, and those in grocery stores. County or city health departments, medical clinics or local hospitals are also providing flu shots.

 The cost of a flu shot ranges from $12 to $25. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of flu shots for the elderly and other high-risk groups. To find a flu shot near you, visit http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/vaccination/locator.html.

 To prevent getting the flu, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

 For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/


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