Public Health urges residents to get flu shot

Public Health urges residents to get flu shot

Public Health urges residents to get flu shot

Tennessee's county health departments are holding special "FightFluTN" events across the state today, December 5, to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee.

The public is constantly urged by hospitals and health care professionals to be vaccinated for the flu.

"The flu season started early this year, with Steuben County reporting its first cases in September", said Lorelei Wagner, county Public Health education coordinator. The highest rates of hospitalization were among adults 65 or older and children younger than 4; both age groups saw slightly more than 3 flu-related hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

An estimated 500 million people - a third of the world's population at the time - became infected with the virus, and at least 50 million died worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Save yourself the risk this flu season and get vaccinated. Brownwood-Brown County Health Department encourages Brown County residents who have not yet been vaccinated for the flu to get vaccinated now.

"Every flu season is different, but there doesn't appear to be anything unusual going on so far", he said.

One hundred years ago, the news was grim as the 1918 influenza pandemic spread across the globe, claiming more lives than World War I, which ended that November.

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"We know that past year there were 183 influenza deaths in children, three of which were in MS", said MSDH Interim State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people.

The health unit on Wednesday said that reports of influenza and influenza-like illness were higher in young children and infants, though it did not provide specific numbers.

It was the 20th pediatric flu death recorded in MS since pediatric flu deaths became reportable during the 2008-09 flu season.

"Influenza is not just a bad cold", said Pruitt. Sellars says with the peak flu period still ahead, it isn't too late to get a shot.

Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. Remember, although you may be healthy and rarely get sick, you can still get the flu.

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