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Sneeze Rates Are Spiking! Where to Get Flu Shots in South Brunswick

Flu season is here. Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.

Sneeze Rates Are Spiking! Where to Get Flu Shots in South Brunswick
Flu season is here, and reports of people getting in the flu in New York City are spikine. But it's not as bad as last year. This time last year, flu cases were spiking much higher than they are now, according to data on Google's  Flu Trends

If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some  places in South Brunswick that offer the vaccine:

1. Stop & Shop Pharmacy, 4095 Us Highway 1, Monmouth Junction

2. Target- South Brunswick, 4196 Us Highway 1, Monmouth Junction

3. Stop & Shop Pharmacy, 24 Summerfield Blvd, Dayton

4. CVS/pharmacy, 3570 Route 27, Kendall Park

    The  U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Flu Symptom and Severity fact sheet at the start of the 2013 - 2014 flu season.

    Are you coughing your head off, blowing your nose nonstop or you feel as if you can't drag yourself out of bed?

    According to the CDC, here's how to tell if you have the flu:

    Influenza Symptoms

    Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    * It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

    Flu Complications

    Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.

    Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

    People at Higher Risk from Flu

    Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but  some people are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

    Flu Severity

    Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:

    • what flu viruses are spreading,
    • how much flu vaccine is available,
    • when vaccine is available,
    • how many people get vaccinated, and
    • how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.
    Review good health habits with your children, such as:
    • Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and disposing of the tissue immediately in a proper trash receptacle
    • Refraining from touching the eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs
    • Washing the hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Using an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water are not immediately available
    • Stay home if you are getting ill

    Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007,  estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

    Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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