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The Burlington County Health Department will start its seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics for adult county residents on Thursday, September 3 and will continue with a total of 27 clinics countywide through November 20.
In addition to targeting the usual higher risk groups, such those aged 50 and older, people with chronic medical conditions, weakened immune or respiratory systems and pregnant women, all youths through age 23 are advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive seasonal flu vaccines this year to reduce the spread of flu in schools.
The County clinic is for adults age 18 and older but parents can take their children to physicians for flu vaccines and many other providers will be giving the seasonal flu vaccine, including Moorestown Visiting Nursing Service and Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers. The CDC also is recommending that all children from six months through 18 receive the new H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available later this fall.
For people who have not been immunized against pneumonia, "pneumo" vaccine is recommended for people who have not had one in five years and if the first one was given before age 65.
Influenza is a very contagious illness with pneumonia being one of the most common complications in high-risk groups. To prevent transmission to high-risk groups, seasonal flu vaccine is also recommended for health care providers; household contacts (including children) of high-risk people, and caregivers of children.
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