Protect yourself - and those around you - by getting a flu shot

Protect yourself - and those around you - by getting a flu shot

Protect yourself - and those around you - by getting a flu shot

There have been a total of 20 pediatric flu deaths reported in MS since they became reportable in the 2008-2009 flu season.

Influenza awareness Week on December 2-8 educates military personnel about the potential impacts of influenza, or the flu, on the Department of Defense (DoD) mission and our Force Health Protection Readiness.

Today wraps up National Influenza Vaccination Week, and health officials are encouraging Kentuckians who opt to get those vaccines to do it before the peak of flu season in February. Those most at risk for the flu, according to MDH, include people age 65 and older, young children under 2 years old, pregnant women and individuals with chronic heart conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Evidently, some of the main reasons why they do not want to get vaccinated include concerns over the side effects or the actual efficacy of the flu vaccine, while others are merely not anxious that they will catch the flu. Yet even though flu shots are readily available and low-priced, many don't get one.

The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahomans as flu season spreads through the state. The outbreak reached Wyoming, and one of the notable locals to die in the pandemic was Irma Garlow, the 34-year-old daughter of Buffalo Bill Cody. Active Duty Service members should follow their service policy for getting vaccinated and making sure it's recorded.

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It was the 20th pediatric flu death recorded in MS since pediatric flu deaths became reportable during the 2008-09 flu season. According to the health unit, getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy protects both the mother and the infant for the first six months of life.

"We've got to keep in mind that it's still very, very early, and even at this time past year, there hadn't been a huge amount of activity either", said Webby, a member of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Department of Infectious Diseases. While vaccinations like the measles, mumps, rubella, and several others are already required, there are many optional yet highly recommended vaccines that many parents feel are unnecessary.

A flu shot is especially crucial for people who may be at higher risk for serious complications.

"It's about taking care of yourself, washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you're sick", Borgen said.

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