TN Department of Health says it’s not too late to get a flu shot

By | January 11, 2018 6:51 am

Last Updated: January 11, 2018 at 6:55 am

With students going back to school and parents returning to work after their holiday break, it is important to take precautions to keep everyone healthy, according to Tennessee Department of Health and Van Buren County Health Department.

“We want to protect our family, friends and community from illness throughout the winter months when the risk for influenza is typically the greatest,” stated Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner. “The influenza vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu, and I urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot now.”

Tennessee typically sees the highest number of seasonal flu cases in January and February each year, according to data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu vaccine is available in many locations, including Van Buren County and White County health departments, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, and most local pharmacies.

“Every flu season is difficult to predict, and we cannot yet know which type of flu virus will be dominant in the U.S.,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, director of the Tennessee Immunization Program. “We do know the flu shot is very safe and is the best protection we have against influenza.”

It’s also extremely important for pregnant women to be vaccinated to protect their unborn children. It takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine before your body is fully protected from the flu.

After getting the flu vaccine, it’s still important to practice good health habits to protect yourself from the flu and other viruses and to prevent spreading them to others if you do get sick.

Some of the good health habits recommended by local and state health officials include:

-Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for about 20 seconds each time.

-Always cover your cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.

-Stay home from work, school, or other gatherings when sick to help prevent the spread of flu or other illnesses.

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