Flu shot season has arrived.
Getting a flu vaccine is a very important step in protecting against seasonal influenza, said Robert Miller, director of the Mansfield Eastern Highlands Health District.
"The flu kills on average 36,000 people every year and is the leading cause of illness in children during the flu season," Miller said.
It is especially important for the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to get vaccinated, Miller said.
"It's a very serious concern," he said.
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Flu vaccines are offered at the following locations in Mansfield:
- VNA East - 34 Ledgebrook Dr.: Thursday, Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.
- VNA East - 34 Ledgebrook Dr.: Thursday, Nov. 8, 4-6 p.m.
- VNA East - 34 Ledgebrook Dr.: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-6 p.m.
- CVS Pharmacy - 632 Middle Tpke.
People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, children under six-months-old, people with a fever and people with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should not get the flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Visit the CDC's Web site for more information.