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In Dubois County, the health department has administered roughly 1,400 flu vaccines, which Oeding says is on par with recent years.

Yet only 53.1 per cent of hospital workers in Ontario got the shot last flu season.

The health department is offering the seasonal flu shot, free of charge, to any child that is kindergarten-age through grade 12.

Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in our state since flu season started at the beginning of the month. Some people tell her to find them "next time".

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dubois County Health Department recommend getting a flu vaccine annually.

In addition to getting vaccinated, residents are encouraged to follow three simple rules: wash hands, cover coughs, and stay home if sick. The flu vaccine can reduce influenza illness, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to the flu. Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine.

In addition, Melnick said, it can take up to two weeks for immunization protection to kick in.

The flu season has just begun but Tulsa health leaders want to make sure families are taking precautions. Quadrivalent vaccines made to protect against four flu strains include a second influenza B virus.

The cheaper vaccine was used, despite a stronger - but more expensive - dose being found to be more effective, especially amongst the elderly.

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