Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Get Flu Shot

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Get Flu Shot

Kern County Public Health Services Department announced Friday that it has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in Kern County for the 2018-2019 flu season. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu.

NIVW serves as an annual reminder that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine, according to DCPH. "We have no way of knowing if this flu season will be milder or just as severe as last season".

Contrary to several popular myths, the injectable flu shot is healthy for most people with heart disease.

No appointments are needed to get a flu shot during these events, and shots will be provided to anyone aged six months or older who wishes to receive one.

"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.

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The flu vaccine not only can prevent someone from getting sick but can reduce the risk of influenza-associated hospitalization and death.

Give yourself a Christmas gift early, get a flu vaccination ... especially if you have some heart or lung disease you're dealing with.

County health departments across the state will be giving out free flu shots. "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.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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