ELIZABETH, NJ - 'National Influenza Vaccination Week' is set for December 1 - 7, and Union County officials are stressing the importance of getting the vaccination to all residents before the rush of holiday travel and social events gets fully underway.

According to cdc.gov, flu vaccine is recommended during fall 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 strains of the flu spread during flu season. The majority of flu vaccines protect against four different strains of influenza.

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“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.”

To find vaccination clinics in and around Union County, and to get more information about flu prevention and treatment, visit cdc.gov/flu.