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Flu Season Underway
Monday Oct 08, 2018 1:56pm
Coldwater, MI

By: Mike Stiles


(COLDWATER) – The flu season is underway in Southwest Michigan.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency says 10 cases of the flu have been confirmed in Hillsdale County. Because of that, Rebecca Burns, Health Officer with the CHA is encouraging all residents in the tri-county area to get vaccinated.

Everyone over the age of six months should get the flu shot, including pregnant women and the elderly.

Burns says school age children should get the vaccine, since they are highly susceptible to catching the virus. She says reducing the spread of the disease is especially crucial in the schools.

Yvonne Atwood, Director Of Personal Health And Disease Prevention with the CHA, says manufacturers have begun shipping flu vaccines for the 2018-19 flu season, so you can contact the health department to find out more information and schedule an appointment.

Atwood says in addition to children and pregnant women, those at a higher risk for complications or negative consequences include people age 50 and older, people who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and health care workers.

Be sure to take everyday preventative actions to avoid the spread of germs. Avoid close contact with sick people; if you are sick, limit your contact with others; if you have the flu stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone; wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

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To schedule a flu shot, contact you local CHA office.
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