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STOCKTON — Flu season is quickly approaching and San Joaquin County Public Health Services is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older.
The shot is particularly important for pregnant women, children younger than five, adults 65 years of age and older and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that up to 430,00 Americans could be hospitalized and up to 49,000 could die of the flu this season. The vaccination can prevent the flu in most cases and, at the very, least minimize the duration and severity of the sickness.
Many health insurance policies include free immunizations. Those who can’t get a vaccine through their health care provider or don’t have one can find a location by typing a ZIP code into the Flu Vaccine Finder.