It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

The flu vaccine can not prevent all cases of the respiratory illness, but it appears to reduce severe outcomes - intensive care unit admissions and death - among those who are vaccinated but still become infected with the virus, say the researchers behind a newly published study.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Perry County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it's important for anyone over six months of age who hasn't had a flu shot this flu season to get one now.

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reminding families that it's not too late to get the flu vaccine.

I realize that I've written about the flu and the importance of immunization already this year ... and last year ... and the year before that. "Flu vaccination can reduce doctor visits, pneumonia, missed work and school due to illness, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations". "It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective, so plan ahead and get your flu shot today".

The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when they're sick. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose. The CDC also warns that people at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people 65 years and older. "By getting vaccinated you are protecting your family and those people you cross paths with every day". It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.

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