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Flu Shots

Influenza is a contagious virus that causes fever, headache, sore throat, cough, chills, aches and fatigue. For most healthy people the flu will last 4-7 days and you can expect to be off work for that time period. When someone has a weakened immune system due to other illness or age there is a chance that the flu can cause other complications and even death. Those who are high risk for getting the flu may choose to be vaccinated to protect them. These people include the elderly (over 65), children, people with chronic disease, pregnant women in their third trimester, people living in dorms or nursing homes, teachers or day care providers. Nurses, Doctors and other healthcare providers may also choose to be vaccinated.

For the rest of us, is it as important as the government claims? One reason the government may push flu shots so strongly is because of the high cost of sick days on companies and the potential stress on the healthcare profession that those with the flu put on the

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