Flu season is here, health officials urge vaccination

Joy Montgomery
October 27, 2017

Getting the shot helps protect young children, older adults, pregnant women and other vulnerable people who are more likely to be fall ill from the flu, said Hesch. Still, some infectious disease experts in the USA have noted that, so far, the May-October flu season in Australia has produced more than twice the number of known cases than the previous season, and our flu season is often similar to Australia's.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Grand River Hospital holds weeklong flu vaccine clinics at both its Freeport and K-W sites, and people can also get the flu shot at the pharmacy at K-W Hospital and in the hospital's occupational health office.

Flu symptoms generally develop over the course of a few hours, consisting of a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache, and sore throat.

In the first two weeks of October, the Ohio Department of Health reported 23 people were hospitalized across the state with influenza, typical for this time of year. "Now that flu season in New Mexico has started, I want to remind New Mexicans about the importance of getting their annual flu shot", said department secretary Lynn Gallagher in a recent statement.

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Despite North Carolina seeing minimal cases of the flu, local health care officials are urging all those over six months of age to get the flu vaccination.

Albert Tawadrous, the pharmacist manager at No Frills, said it's important to get the shot.

If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 852-9070 to make an appointment for a low-priced flu shot. Washing hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of tissues immediately. Throw away the tissue and wash your hands. People are often indoors during the winter, meaning that they are in direct or close-contact with one another more often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

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