It's flu season, and to highlight flu prevention, this is "National Influenza Vaccination Week". Here's more on how you and your family can help prevent getting the flu.

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"December 8-14, 2013.

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The upcoming season's flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine. For more information, see Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine."

For a schedule of flu immunization dates and times go online to Oneida County Health Department.