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To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department. There will be signage posted to direct anyone wanting a free flu shot to the flu clinic entrance and parking. The Grundy County Health Department would like to remind everyone we're still offering adult and children's influenza vaccinations by appointment every week.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there have been five flu-related pediatric deaths so far this season.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu.

Getting the flu shot protects both the individual and those who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

The state of IN has already recorded two flu-related deaths this season.

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Influenza activity is now at low levels in Montana; however, this is expected to change in the coming weeks.

An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and flu-related complications that could lead to hospitalization, and at times can lead to death.

"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza". The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. This year the health department has Fluzone High Dose quadrivalent flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older.

Anyone can get the flu, but it is particularly risky for the elderly, for children and for those with compromised immune systems.

The disease spreads through coughing and sneezing with symptoms that can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches.