Archive for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Chief’s corner

October 1, 2008

Summer is gone and fall has arrived, which means the flu season is on its way. I have been told the flu season can begin as early as October and end as late as May and the best protection against the flu is to get a flu shot.

It has already been reported that countries overseas are seeing an increase in influenza cases this year.

You might wonder, “What does it matter to me what is going on overseas with flu cases?”

History has shown that these are indicators and possible warning signs of what may be coming to the United States. It has been recommended this year that you prepare for a potentially active and contagious flu season. The season usually peaks in February, so even if you are immunized as late as January the shot will still provide protection.

Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. There are people at high risk for complications from the flu who should be vaccinated:

• Children ages 6 months to 5 years.

• Pregnant women

• People 50 years of age and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities

• Household contacts of persons at high risk

• Healthcare workers

Flu shots will be available to the general public from the Leavenworth County Health Department from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Basehor-Linwood High School while supplies last. The cost is $20 for the influenza vaccine and $35 for the pneumonia vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, please be sure to consult your physician first.

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