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09/16/2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging residents to get a flu shot instead of foregoing the vaccine altogether due to proven ineffectiveness of the Flu Mist.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Vaccination is especially important for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications.

Most experts believe that flu viruses are spread most often by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Officials remind the public, in addition to getting the seasonal flu vaccine; there are other steps everyone can take to prevent contracting and spreading the flu. They include:

If you aren’t feeling well, stay home
If your children are ill, keep them at home
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way
Cover your cough
Wash your hands with warm water and soap, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The signs and symptoms of the seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue


ROD HALVORSEN
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