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Kentucky Health Officials: Don't Let Flu Ruin the Holidays

Kentucky Health Officials: Don't Let Flu Ruin the Holidays

Vaccinations remain to be the top defense against the flu, especially during flu season.

The Health Unit is therefore reaching out to parents, schools, health-care providers, and community agencies to encourage all pregnant women and children over the age of six months to get a flu shot.

Today wraps up National Influenza Vaccination Week, and health officials are encouraging Kentuckians who opt to get those vaccines to do it before the peak of flu season in February. "When we all take this one simple step, we do more than just protect ourselves - we help keep the people around us healthy and safe from potentially deadly flu complications".

What about those who say that they've gotten the flu shot in the past and still gotten the flu? It can be a unsafe illness for anyone, but it can be especially harmful for babies who are too young for the vaccine, older adults, pregnant women, and people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, or a weakened immune system.

"We will likely see more flu cases as the season continues", said Dr. Larry Madoff, who directs the department's division of epidemiology and immunization.

Almost 12,000 of those deaths - about one in seven - occurred in Texas, which was hit particularly early and hard.

Seventy percent of Garden State seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot versus 62 percent of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 61 percent of those earning less than $35,000.

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The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department would like to acknowledge National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel is an important measure of a hospital's health care quality, according to CDPH. "For some, their lives depend on the rest of us taking responsibility".

Those at highest risk for having complications from the flu include children under 5 years old, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

A full list of sites that all be offering the flu shot can be found here.

While receiving your flu shot, inquire about other vaccinations that you may need.

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor included key findings for New Jersey. People who have a severe allergy to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients should not get the flu vaccine. A fever may or may not be a symptom of the flu. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.