ELIZABETH, NJ – According to the Centers for Disease Control, National Influenza Vaccination Week starts on December 1.   In recognition of the event, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is urging residents to get vaccinated before the bustle of social gatherings and travel plans during the upcoming holiday season.

“The vaccination window is still open for this year’s flu season, so there is plenty of time for residents to get their flu shots and protect themselves and their families,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “A vaccination now can help prevent the flu throughout the winter and into next spring.”

A flu vaccine is recommended during the fall season every year for persons age six months and up. Vaccines received in November and December are beneficial, though best results occur when vaccinations are received before the end of October.

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UC Freeholders said in a release to the public that even those residents who have already gotten sick with flu this fall can benefit from vaccination, since many different strains of the flu spread during flu season. The majority of flu vaccines protect against four different strains of influenza.

To find vaccination clinics in and around Union County, and to get more information about flu prevention and treatment, visit the Centers for Disease Control online at cdc.gov/flu.