It's not too late to get a flu shot

Ebony Scott
December 6, 2018

"Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy", said Sevier County Health Department Director Jana Chambers.

"While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, detected through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Sentinel Surveillance System".

Tennessee's county health departments are holding special "FightFluTN" events across the state Wednesday to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee. No appointment is necessary.

In a related announcement, during September 2018, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said on its website that they recommend that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive an influenza vaccine.

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Typical flu symptoms are upper respiratory infections and a high fever. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, NIVW is a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January. An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu. "Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November", according to the agency.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.

Anyone can get the flu, but it is particularly unsafe for the elderly, for children and for those with compromised immune systems. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose. There were more than 79,000 people hospitalized and illnesses hit record highs.

But if you have heart disease, it's especially important to take notice.

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