Cumberland Times-News

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January 2, 2013

Flu cases increase; vaccine available

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County health-care providers have reported sharp increases in flu-like illness and confirmed influenza cases within the past week, particularly among the elderly. The Allegany County Health Department is encouraging all area residents over 6 months old to get vaccinated against the flu.

“In addition to practicing frequent hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes, an annual flu vaccination is critical to protecting yourself and your loved ones from serious complications from the flu,” said Dr. Sue Raver, county health officer. “Pneumonia is one of the most common complications, but underlying health issues can also contribute to serious problems in recuperating from influenza.”

The health department administers flu shots every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, but supplies are limited. The health department has injectable vaccine available for adults and FluMist for children.

For more information, call 301-759-5082 or visit www.flu.gov.

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