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Boston — September 15, 2016 — The flu can pack a punch. That's why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) encourages you to get your annual flu shot to stay healthy during flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that seasonal flu activity in the United States can begin as early as October, peak in January or February, and last through May. We encourage you to visit your doctor or local pharmacy this fall to get your vaccination.
"We want all of our members to get a flu shot this year, but it's especially important that children under two, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions get vaccinated," said Dr. Tom Hawkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medical Director.
In addition to getting vaccinated, follow these Flu Prevention Tips:
Flu symptoms include: a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting may also occur in some cases.
If you develop flu symptoms:
For more information on protecting yourself from the flu, visit www.bluecrossma.com/flu or the CDC's website at: www.cdc.gov/flu. Massachusetts residents looking for up-to-date flu information should call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1(617) 624-6000 or visit www.mass.gov/dph/flu.
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