It's not too late to get a flu shot

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2018

"And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia".

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.

"The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu", Commissioner of DPH Jeff Howard, M.D. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. "That's why getting vaccinated should be a top priority as people look for ways to protect themselves from the potentially serious effects of the flu", added Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, MinuteClinic.

It also happens to be National Influenza Vaccination Week, according to the ISDH, and the flu virus can still cause illness and death regardless of its activity remaining at minimal levels.

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor found that 75% of people aged 80 or more years, 66% of those aged 70 to 79, and 56% of adults aged 60 to 69 have been vaccinated so far this year. A flu vaccine is not only important for protecting yourself but also for protecting your friends and family members.

But if you have heart disease, it's especially important to take notice. While a person may feel a little achy or exhausted afterward, that's actually just the immune system getting ready to fight off the flu.

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