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Health departments offer flu season reminders

Health departments offer flu season reminders”

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older who does not have contraindications to the vaccine, receive the flu shot.

While the department encouraged everyone to get the vaccine, health officials said those most at risk during flu season are young children and elderly adults.

She says flu vaccine is free for children 18 and under but parents or guardian (s) must be present with their child at the time of vaccination.

Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust. "Also I have asthma, so I have to make sure I don't get the flu".

Beyond vaccination, simple actions such as covering coughs, regularly washing hands and staying home when sick can all go a long way toward preventing the flu's spread this winter. People also should avoid congregating in public settings when they are ill to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Common symptoms of the flu, which typically develop within a few days of exposure, include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. A doctor can prescribe medication to treat the flu. The flu itself can lead to respiratory failure and death. The CDC estimates that 70 percent to 90 percent of annual flu deaths are in people over 65.

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu. For example, people with coronary artery disease have an increased risk of heart attack if they contract influenza. The health department has flu vaccines available in standard-dose and high-dose forms. Cold symptoms can be similar to the flu but are typically milder.

We had an easier year as far as the flu. Every year, the flu vaccine is created to best match the strain of the flu virus circulating.

In Kentucky, more than 200 cases of the flu have already been confirmed. There have been two deaths so far compared to zero for the same period previous year. Fortunately, there were not many people infected. Some studies have suggested the nasal spray mist was not as effective for previous seasons, but the nasal vaccine has been reformulated and it's believed to be just as effective as the injection. "We want people to start thinking about what they can do to prevent the flu in early October and definitely have their shot completed by the end of October".

Crace likened not getting the flu shot to rolling the dice and taking your chances.

The department's Public Information Officer, Stephanie Malita, said they gave out 280 flu shots during the event.

Yep, you can grab a flu shot when you're making your weekly bulk-grocery runs to Sam's Club or Costco-flu shots (and other vaccines) there have a $0 copay with most insurances.

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