Health Dept. urges residents to get flu vaccine

Anyone wishing to reduce their risk of becoming ill with the flu is encouraged to get a vaccine. Because the vaccine is widely available throughout the community, the Health Department is not holding vaccine clinics in its offices. For more information about flu prevention and help finding a vaccine clinic near you, visit www.miottawa.org/flu. You can also find tips and updates at www.facebook.com/flugranny.
Anonymous
Oct 13, 2011

 

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Each year an average of 36,000 Americans die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes.

While everyone is encouraged to be vaccinated, certain people are at “high risk” of serious complications. This risk group includes people age 65 and older, children younger than age 5, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions. While the flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu, the risk can also be reduced with good hygiene and avoiding those who are sick.

 

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