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Flu season hits MS; health officials provide recommendations

Flu season hits MS; health officials provide recommendations”

"Everybody six months and older should have a flu shot", said Sarah Engstrom, Registered Nurse at the Hematite Health Clinic.

Denton County Public Health is encouraging residents to get the flu shot as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, NIVW is a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January.

People 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program may receive flu vaccination for $10. IN has recorded two flu-related deaths this season.

According to the American Lung Association, the influenza or flu is not just a bad cold, but a serious and contagious respiratory illness, and can be fatal.

"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza". Doctors tell News 25 it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect, so now would be a good time to get your flu shot. The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year. "The flu must be taken seriously and we encourage residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families".

The disease spreads through coughing and sneezing with symptoms that can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches. "The very young, pregnant women, elderly, and those with certain underlying health problems are at higher risk to have serious flu-related complications". These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.



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