COURT HOUSE - The Cape May County Department of Health will host free flu clinics throughout the county from September through November. 

According to a release, high-dose flu shots will be offered at senior center clinics while supplies last. Feel free to call the Nursing Division at (609) 465-1200 with questions.  

“Flu vaccine is the best defense against the seasonal flu,” stated Kevin Thomas, health officer. According to the Center for Disease Control, flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor visits each year. 

For example, during 2016-2017, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations throughout the United States.

Center for Disease Control defines influenza, or seasonal flu, as a contagious illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. 

The flu is spread by droplets, which are made when an individual coughs, sneezes or talks. The droplets can land on surfaces or an individual, which can result in the spread of the infection. Individuals at the highest risk of developing flu-related complications are individuals 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, pregnant women, individuals with low immune system, and young children.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)

 The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. It is also important to wash your hands, stay home if sick, and cover cough and sneezes. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. For more information on upcoming flu clinics, and the flu visit https://bit.ly/2mctjEe.