Mercer County Flu Season Resource

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Influenza (Flu)

Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.
Only one vaccine per season is recommended for most people. The only exception is that 2 doses are recommended for children aged 6 months through 8 years of age who have never received a flu vaccine.
Certain people are at greater risk of serious illness and death from flu:

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • Persons with chronic health conditions including heart, lung or kidney diseases, diabetes and weakened immune systems

Persons who live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications should also receive influenza vaccine.

  • Health care workers
  • Family and caregivers of young children, especially infantsVaccine is provided throughout the fall and winter while supplies last.

Vaccine is provided throughout the fall and winter while supplies last.

Do you know the difference between a cold and the flu? Click here for English, here for Spanish

Influenza Precautions

Ways to Fight the Flu

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid people who are sick. Stay home from work and school when you’re sick.
  • Keep your distance from others when you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth after touching any objects or surfaces that might be contaminated

What to Do If You Get Sick

If you are otherwise in good health...

  • Get plenty of rest, drink a lot of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
  • Take medications to relieve the symptoms, but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without first talking to your doctor.
  • If your symptoms are unusually severe, for example, you’re having difficulty breathing, consult your health care provider right away.

If you’re at special risk from complications

(People 65 or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and children under two)

  • Consult your health care provider when your flu symptoms begin.
  • Certain prescription drugs may be used to lessen the severity and duration of the illness if taken within 24 to 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Need more information? Please call 609-278-7165

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