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The Start Of Flu Season Means Vaccines are Available

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Surgeon General will meet today to tell people what they need to do to stay healthy this flu season.

Last year in Benton and Franklin counties, 15% of people who went to the hospital were hospitalized for the flu.

Last year was one of the worst years for the flu and in Yakima there was a shortage of vaccines because of the large number of people coming in to clinics to get flu shots.  This year doctors said to call ahead to make sure they have vaccines.

Doctors also said this year vaccines will protect against four different strains of the flu.

Right now flu shots are available in both Yakima and Benton and Franklin counties.

Doctors said you can either get an injection or a nasal spray.

They also said flu shots are especially important for people ages 65 and older, pregnant women, medical providers and caregivers, and people with asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease.

For information on where you can get a flu shot in Yakima, click here.

For information on where you can get a flu shot in Benton and Franklin counties, click here.

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