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Medical Monday: protect yourself against the flu

The first week of December is National Influenza Vaccination Week and believe it or not, it's not too late to protect yourself for the season.

It takes about two weeks after a flu vaccination for the body to develop its full defense against the flu, so National Influenza Vaccination Week is a great time to get a flu shot and help make sure youre healthy during the holidays and beyond, said Caudle. "Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November", according to the agency.

"Since implementing our mandatory flu vaccine program in 2013-2014, our vaccination compliance has always exceeded these benchmarks", Rasimowicz said. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses.

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Kern County Public Health Services Department encourages residents to get their flu vaccine annually.

Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and missed work or school. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose. This year the health department has Fluzone High Dose quadrivalent flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.

Anyone can get the flu, but it is particularly risky for the elderly, for children and for those with compromised immune systems. They also publish a weekly surveillance report on where the flu is most active titled Flu View.

Kaiser Permanente reported 10 percent of influenza samples tested positive last week for the flu.

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