Kern County Public Health Services Department announced Friday that it has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in Kern County for the 2018-2019 flu season.
"Many people may be working, studying or gathering in environments where they are readily exposed to the flu virus".
But it's frustrating that despite SOLID science showing how important vaccination is to either preventing or at least blunting the effect of influenza, so many of our otherwise smart and savvy neighbors are going into this unsafe time of the flu season unprotected. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
Flu shots for insured adults are now widely available through private physicians, pharmacies and retailers. "Flu vaccination can reduce doctor visits, pneumonia, missed work and school due to illness, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations". Next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about two weeks after the vaccination is administered.
Health officials are urging Mississippians to get a flu shot.
Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu. It spreads when respiratory droplets are released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby.
DCPH also wants to remind residents that getting vaccinated is a community effort that not only protects yourself, but also family, friends and those around you, according to the department.