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Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Shots

Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Shots

"So, anyone ages 65 and over, pregnant women, very young children, or people with any chronic or underlying health conditions, it's really important that they receive a flu vaccine".

Lindsey Wreden stocked her supply cart with vaccine vials, turned on her blinking "Flu Kicker" pin and set out to find the stragglers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center who hadn't received this year's flu shot.

Of course, the more people protected, the better protected the community. This year's vaccine contains two A strains and a B strain of the virus.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

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Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the news release states. The viruses in the flu shot are inactivated (i.e., killed) which means they can not cause infection. That number does not include vaccines given at area pharmacies or doctors offices, so the total number of vaccinated people is higher.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

The CDC recommends that people who are at high risk for serious flu complications who get flu symptoms during flu season be treated with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible. Treatment generally consists of antiviral medication.

The flu season has just begun but Tulsa health leaders want to make sure families are taking precautions.