Hematite Health Clinic offers health tips for flu season

Kenny Tucker
December 6, 2018

Kentucky health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week which ends December 8. "The flu must be taken seriously and we encourage residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families".

It's flu season and with one death reported early on in Riverside County, officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated.

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.

Flu season is on the rise.

The Putnam County Health Department is having a drive-thru flu shot clinic 7:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.at their office at 701 County Services Dr.

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As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated as the flu shot can reduce illnesses, missed work and school, doctor visits, and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations, the ISDH added.

"Anyone can get the flu and face serious complications, which include death", said DHD#10 Medical Director Jennifer Morse.

"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.

Typical flu symptoms are upper respiratory infections and a high fever. "With the flu typically spreading to many communities this time of year and people gathering for the holidays, it is especially important for families to get vaccinated to ensure they remain healthy through the holiday season and into 2019".

According to the health department, the first come, first served flu shots are offered to anyone who is six months and older.

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