Flu season hits early; health department encourages early vaccination
Caroline MacGregor October 31, 2013 | WGVU The Kent
County Health Department is reporting an increase in flu cases over numbers
LaPlante, spokeswoman for the Kent County Health Department.
those who caught the flu suffered severe symptoms at the early onset of illness. LaPlante
says it can take two weeks for the vaccination to become effective but they
want to get the word out that now is the time to get vaccinated.
“on the upswing right now”
The flu can
have serious complications for children under the age of five, the elderly, and
people with already weakened immune systems. There are still those who remain
skeptical of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness but the CDC recommends a yearly
flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age.
“or the very young"
hands remains the single best way to prevent the spread of flu and other
viruses like Norovirus. The flu virus spreads through coughing, sneezing, or
even talking. You can also catch it by touching a surface or object like a phone with flu virus on
it, and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.
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