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Arm yourself against the flu today

While Ebola is the virus on everyone's mind, medical professionals want to remind you the far more likely threat is the common flu. Flu season is right around the corner and today the Milwaukee Health Department is helping you protect yourself.

Mayor Tom Barrett and Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker will join children and families at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee to share a message that getting vaccinated against the flu protects you, your family, and your co-workers. 

The flu is among the most common contagious respiratory illness in the United States. Though common, it can be serious, leading to hospitalization and sometimes death. During the 2013-2014 flu season, more than 260 people and two children died statewide. 

The influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals over 6 months of age, especially those at greatest risk for serious complications, including adults 65 and older, children younger than 5, and pregnant women.

A limited number of seasonal flu vaccine will be available to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis during today's event from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

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