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Local health officials urging use of flu vaccine

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

01-05-15 flu vaccines 001Both the Moore County Health Department and the Lincoln County Health Department reminds everyone to get a flu vaccine this year.

Influenza-like illnesses are increasing across the Volunteer State, so it’s very important for all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now.

Remember the “Big Four.”

That’s the message that the health department wants people to consider as influenza season arrives.

“While there are many reasons to get the flu vaccine, either by nasal spray or a shot, everyone needs to think about the Big Four,” said Debbie Broadway, county director. “The flu can be deadly for some and thinking about the primary four reasons for getting protection is a crucial step in protecting yourself and others.”

The Big Four include:

(1) Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, especially older adults, people with chronic medical conditions and young children, particularly infants less than six months of age who are too young to get vaccinated.

(2) Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, including hospitalization and death.

(3) Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from the flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.

(4) Flu vaccination may make your illness milder if you do get sick from flu.

Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Even in seasons when viruses don’t match the vaccine exactly, vaccination is still very helpful, important and recommended.

To make an appointment for a vaccination or ask questions about flu vaccine, call the Moore County Health Department at (931) 759-4251. To reach the Lincoln County Health Department, call (931) 433-3231.