"We know that nationally, 80 percent of the pediatric deaths were in children who were not vaccinated against the flu". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Immunization Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continued vaccination through the busy holiday season and into the new year when flu activity is typically at its peak. "That is why the flu shot is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, regardless of whether they are healthy or have risks. We are recommending all Texans 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine as soon as possible".
"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza". Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide there are up to 200,000 hospitalizations from flu each year.
The Hematite Health Clinic is located in the Ishpeming Middle/High School and offers free flu shots to everyone covered by insurance.
The Tennessee Department of Health says the annual flu epidemic is expected to last many more weeks and encourages everyone to protect themselves with a shot. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed.
Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.
While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, detected through the Influenza-Like Illness Sentinel Surveillance System.