What's Going Around: Doctors urging people to get flu shots

Grant Boone
October 25, 2018

But everyone thinks if they have a little achiness, they have the flu."Jahre said people also need to know that the flu vaccine changes every year".

The Ingham County Health Department is gearing up for another flu season. The flu killed an estimated 80,000 Americans last season, making it the worst in decades.

The U.S. saw over 80,000 flu-related deaths a year ago, with 154 deaths in CT.

A health authority news release recommended everyone get the flu shot. "The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to work and for your body to fully develop a reaction to the vaccine and to be protected against it", said Dr. Please make it a point to see your primary care physician, pediatrician or visit us anytime at Lakes Urgent Care.

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For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website or ask a local pharmacy if they offer it.

Getting vaccinated is especially important for people at high risk of complications, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and persons with underlying health conditions, and their caregivers.

What are your top tips for avoiding the flu? Stay hydrated and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Martin developed a unsafe condition in his legs, something usually seen in patients who experience traumas like vehicle accidents.Doctors performed emergency surgery, but he died less than 24 hours after his first symptoms appeared."I thought to myself, if only I had known that I was taking the ultimate risk of not protecting my children against this quiet killer", McGowan said.

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