Health Department urges flu shots for Hoosiers


The New Jersey Department of Health urged residents on Monday to get their annual flu vaccine.

Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies. "We urge everyone in Sevier County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

The flu, or Influenza, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. One reason there were less people getting the vaccine is that it was reported early during flu season, which runs October-April, that the vaccine for 2017-2018 was not effective.

Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

Remember, the flu vaccine can protect not only you, but everyone around you. "Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well".

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor found that 75% of people aged 80 or more years, 66% of those aged 70 to 79, and 56% of adults aged 60 to 69 have been vaccinated so far this year. Insurance, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program are accepted for children's flu shots.

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.

The disease spreads through coughing and sneezing with symptoms that can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.