In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents to get vaccinated before the rush of holiday travel and social events begins in earnest.

National Influenza Vaccination Week takes place this year from December 1 to December 7.

“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.”

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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.

Residents who have already gotten sick with flu this fall can also 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.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form. Connect with Union County on social media.