The Butler County General Health District urges all residents to get the flu vaccination this season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labels Oct. 1 as the start of flu season for statistical purposes, but scattered reports happen throughout the entire year.
"The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death," said Lori Landis, nursing director at county health district. "The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year as soon as it's available."
The flu vaccine is recommend for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. People at high risk of flu complications include:
• Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old;
• People 65 and older;
• People who have weakened immune system due to disease or medication (e.g. diabetes, blood disorders);
• Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum;
• Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
Other healthy habits can also help stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, such as hand-washing, covering a cough and staying home when sick.
"I strongly recommend anyone who has not yet received the flu shot get one soon," Landis said. "Protect yourself and others in Butler County from flu."
Flu vaccines are offered in many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools.
Visit vaccinefinder.org to locate where flu vaccines are available.
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