The early and aggressive onset of this year's flu has caused the Camden County Freeholders to add more flu shot clinics to the calendar.
"The best way to avoid the flu is to get immunized," said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, a liaison to the Camden County Health Department. Rodriguez added the county will continue to host clinic locations until the vaccine supply runs out.
Shots were given Wednesday at the Cherry Hill municipal building, but people who did not receive the vaccine can still do so at the following times and locations:
• Jan. 17 - Camden City Hall, 520 Market Street, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Jan. 18—Gloucester Township Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road in Blackwood, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Jan. 23—Stratford Senior/Community Center, 302 Union Avenue, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Jan. 28—Bellmawr Regional Health Center, 35 Browning Road, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Many other places around the region are providing flu shots. Delaware County will host a free clinic Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Penn State Brandywine campus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement Jan. 4 to say that most of the country is now experiencing high levels of flu-like illness, but despite the nationwide epidemic many children across the country aren't getting flu shots.
According to a study published in Pediatrics journal, fewer than 45 percent of kids under age 5 get a flu shot and one-in-six kids who went to the ER during flu season had the virus.
The CDC recommends all children over the age of 6-months get a flu shot. Shots are also highly recommended to Senior Citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic illness.
You can find a clinic location near you by clicking here.
Rain at times expected tonight, Friday, and early Saturday. Another fall-like blast of cool weather to follow for the weekend.
Expect unsettled weather through Saturday morning as waves of showers and thunderstorms move through the area. Some of the storms may bring heavy downpours later this afternoon.
It's still muggy out there. Things start to change tomorrow afternoon, as the rain clears out, and much cooler air moves in making it feel more like fall. Sunday is nice with a cool breeze and unseasonably low temperatures which last though early next week.