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Get a Flu Vaccine, Help Protect the Community

Posted: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 6:27 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Anyone over the age of six months is urged to get a flu shot this month. The Iowa Department of Public Health says that getting an annual flu vaccine is the “best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its potentially serious complications.” Washington County Public Health Nurse Lynn Fisher explains that getting a vaccine also helps those around you, especially those too young to get their own vaccine, “Protecting the people around you and your family will help cocoon the family member, the youngest family member that isn’t old enough to get a vaccine yet.” This also helps protect those who are immunocompromised.

Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. Flu season in Iowa usually begins in late October or early November. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies to develop after getting the vaccine.

Also, remember to help reduce the spread of illness by covering your coughs and sneezes, contain germs by staining home when ill, and clean your hands frequently with soap and water. Last year there were 271 flu deaths in Iowa.