Denton County Public Health encourages residents to get flu shots

71 per cent fall in number of flu cases

71 per cent fall in number of flu cases

The Indiana State Department of Health is urging anyone who hasn't already gotten a flu shot to do so now. While a person may feel a little achy or exhausted afterward, that's actually just the immune system getting ready to fight off the flu. People who have not had their influenza vaccine this season should get it as soon as possible; it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection. "We have no way of knowing if this flu season will be milder or just as severe as last season".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. "If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to get the flu and spread the flu to those at greatest risk for becoming dangerously ill, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and those with certain medical conditions".

"The flu shot takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and flu season usually peaks in January through March in MS", said MSDH Interim State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

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. "Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu".

The most common symptoms of the flu include cold-like symptoms including fever, stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.

Kaiser Permanente reported 10 percent of influenza samples tested positive last week for the flu.

CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October so that people are more likely to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in the community, however, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons, including this one.

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