Flu season hits MS; health officials provide recommendations

Kentucky health officials urge you to get a flu shot

Kentucky health officials urge you to get a flu shot

"During National Influenza Vaccination Week, get your annual flu vaccine", Pelletier said.

It is especially important for those who are ill to avoid coming into contact with those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, because they are more likely to have weaker immune systems.

Here's what you need to know about the relationship between influenza and heart health, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death. High dose injectable vaccine will also be available for those ages 65 and over.

"We hope the elevated number of flu deaths throughout last year's flu season propels residents to protect themselves this year", said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health at DCPH. Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. 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.

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In the case of those without a history of heart attack, stroke or heart disease, recent studies have shown that regular flu vaccinations decrease the likelihood of future cardiac events.

Flu vaccine by appointment is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

It's never too early or late in the season to get vaccinated.

The reason we get shots year after year is because different strains of influenza circulate the globe.

Flu season is on the rise. With more than 9,800 CVS Pharmacy locations and 1,100 walk-in MinuteClinic locations accepting most insurance plans, CVS Pharmacy has made vaccinations quick, easy and accessible for patients. "It might be the most important gift you give yourself and those around you this holiday season".

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