Service providers who do get the shot are given a sticker to wear in the top left corner front of their MCMC identification badge.
Peterson Health officials said if a person feels afraid of getting the flu shot itself, they should try to get past that and get the vaccine. It's recommended for children of ages 6 months and older, as well as those people at high risk for complications related to the flu.
"The elderly in general are at more risk from the flu than others", Burton said.
Advice and information on getting over the flu and other common illnesses are available here.
If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."
She said tests results from doctors' offices and through their ER show more Flu A, or a mixture of A and B.
Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported.
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He said the unions also reminded management they could reactive their intent to strike in the absence of a "timely agreement". Over the weekend, pilots called off a threatened pre-Christmas one-day strike that was planned for tomorrow (December 20th).
There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended December 16, according to the Health Department's weekly influenza summary. Fortunately, no deaths occurred within the last week. "There's a million reasons why people don't get a flu shot and I think it's very personal".
As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population. "If you have guests, limit contact". Cover your mouth when you cough.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. The flu virus can spread a day before symptoms develop, and five to seven days after becoming sick.
If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.
The increase has prompted DPHHS to encourage people to take precautions to protect themselves as they travel over the Christmas holiday.
Consider over-the-counter medications. For example nasal decongestants can help unclog a stuffy nose; and antihistamines stop sneezing.
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