Officials urge Hoosiers to get the flu shot

Faith Castro
December 6, 2018

The flu vaccine can not prevent all cases of the respiratory illness, but it appears to reduce severe outcomes - intensive care unit admissions and death - among those who are vaccinated but still become infected with the virus, say the researchers behind a newly published study.

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses. "National Influenza Vaccination Week is a great reminder to get to your local pharmacy, health department or healthcare provider to get the flu shot".

Kern County Public Health Services Department encourages residents to get their flu vaccine annually. No appointment is necessary. Dr. Box said that because infants under 6 months can't be vaccinated, it's important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child. Additionally, two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, a five percent increase from last year's survey findings.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the best ways to avoid catching the flu is by getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, and avoiding heavily crowded areas. 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.

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The reason we get shots year after year is because different strains of influenza circulate the globe. It also spreads when people touch certain surfaces or objects contaminated with the droplets.

The flu was first observed in Europe, especially Spain - that's why it has been called the Spanish Flu. Symptoms include cough, fever, body aches and extreme exhaustion.

This year, Rite Aid is once again teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, to raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated.

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