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WOODBURY — Residents of Gloucester County can still get free flu shots by way of the county Department of Health, Senior and Disability Services.

Flu clinics are offered on Thursday afternoons through March 31, 2015, between 1 and 3 p.m. at the Gloucester County Department of Health, 204 East Holly Ave. in Washington Township.

High risk groups include young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting vaccinated for the first time may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected. If a child has not received his/her first dose, get them vaccinated now. For children who are 6 months through 8 years of age and who have been vaccinated with one dose, parents should
check with the child’s doctor to see if a second dose is needed.

To schedule an appointment for a free flu shot or for more information call (856) 218-4102.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue.

You should take everyday precautions against the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you have flu-like symptoms, it is best to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone to minimize exposing others to the virus.