Influenza activity came early this season and is increasing across the United States, but officials have some good news – It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Flu shots are available in Grant County at the Health Department, Len’s Drug pharmacy and from your family doctor.

Officials say vaccination is the single most important step you can take to protect yourself and others against infection.

This season’s vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common this year: an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue (tiredness)

• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Most people recover from influenza in a few days to less than two weeks, but some develop complications (such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections).

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Find more information at www.cdc.gov/flu.

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