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Flu season hits MS; health officials provide recommendations

06 December 2018

INDIANAPOLIS-The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is encouraging anyone who hasn't already gotten a flu shot to do so immediately. While a person may feel a little achy or exhausted afterward, that's actually just the immune system getting ready to fight off the flu. "And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia". "We have no way of knowing if this flu season will be milder or just as severe as last season". They recommend everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine. There is no need for an appointment, all a Veteran has to do is come to any of the Charleston VAMC facilities or Community Based Outpatient Clinics and request their flu shot. 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. "We are recommending all Texans 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine as soon as possible".

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Dr. Willbrandt says the flu starts with a rapid onset of fever, along with a runny nose, watery eyes, and body aches. "Flu vaccine is the best way to protect both children and adults from serious complications, hospitalization, and in many cases, death".

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Today, December 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season.

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

Flu season hits MS; health officials provide recommendations