Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Denton County Public Health encourages residents to get flu shots

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Celia Hoffman | 06 December, 2018, 02:10

Although state health officials are urging people to get a flu shot, basic etiquette such as covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when children are sick, and washing hands frequently is recommended. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season. Although influenza (flu) activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

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"Everybody six months and older should have a flu shot", said Sarah Engstrom, Registered Nurse at the Hematite Health Clinic. "Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well". The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans.

Doctors add now is a good time to get one, especially because it takes the body up to four weeks to develop its immune response and flu activity typically begins to peak in January.

Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.

Getting the flu shot protects both the individual and those who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

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