Health officials urge flu vaccine

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EUREKA - Flu season is right around the corner and health officials are recommending you get your flu shot now.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated.

Most pharmacies and primary care doctors are offering the shot. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services is offering the vaccine by appointment.

The cost of the vaccine is $17 but no one will be turned away if they cannot pay.

In addition to the vaccine, DHHS wants to remind people of other flu prevention measures. Keep your hands clean, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and stay home if you are sick.

“Influenza disease kills between 36,000 and 40,000 people a year in our country. Many of them are well and healthy people before they become ill with the influenza and it can strike children and infants as well. So no one wants to be sick for up to two weeks with a severe cough, headache, sore throat, fevers, and just not being able to get out of bed,” Susan Wardrip, the Immunization Coordinator for Humboldt County, said.