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Wellesley reminds residents to get flu shots

Posted by Evan Allen  January 14, 2013 11:46 AM

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With flu season in full swing and the number of cases statewide growing, Wellesely is reminding residents that Walgreens is offering flu shots to those 18 years and older, and some CVS minute clinics are offering vaccines for children as well as adults.

The town is encouraging people to read up on the flu.

The symptoms of the flu are similar to those of the common cold, but are more severe.

According to Flu.gov, flu symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees or higher; a cough and sore throat; a runny or stuffy nose; headaches and body aches; chills; fatigue; nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you’re not sure whether you’ve got the flu or a cold, your doctor can test you.

Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, purple or blue discoloration of lips, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, dizziness, confusing, severe or persistent vomiting, seizures, or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough should seek emergency medical attention, according to the government site.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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