Officials urge Hoosiers to get the flu shot

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2018

The CDC also warns that people at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people 65 years and older.

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.

Although the state Department of Health has reported that flu activity is already underway here, it's not too late to get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary. Jeff Howard says a vaccination is the best protection against spreading the flu this holiday season as friends and family gather together in close quarters. Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

The most common symptoms of the flu include cold-like symptoms including fever, stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. "We are recommending all Texans 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine as soon as possible".

The flu spreads from an infected person through coughing or sneezing.

People 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program may receive flu vaccination for $10.

It is especially important for those who are ill to avoid coming into contact with those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, because they are more likely to have weaker immune systems. "Anyone can get the flu, including healthy individuals, and getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and safest way to protect yourself, your friends and your family this season".

Anyone can get the flu, but it is particularly unsafe for the elderly, for children and for those with compromised immune systems.

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