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Flu Season Looms Nearer

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By Jay Michaels

CORRECTION: EARLIER WE REPORTED THAT THE SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE WAS OFFERING FREE FLU SHOTS. THAT IS INCORRECT. THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR A FEE. CALL THE DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE AT 737-5966 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Fall is here, which means flu season's on the way. So what's new in the ongoing fight against the flu?

When it comes to catching the flu, it's better to be safe than sorry. That's where flu vaccines come in.

Health workers have been making this fall's flu shots for the last year and a half. Now those shots are ready to be distributed all across the US. This year's vaccine will protect you even more than before.

Mary Jensen, Program Manager at South Central Public Health District, says, "This year for the first time we have available a quadrivalent flu shot, which covers four types of flu. Instead of the typical trivalent, which covers three of the flus."

These days flu vaccines come in everything from the traditional shot to the latest flu mist. The flu mist is specifically for healthy people between the ages of two and 49.

Healthcare workers are required to be vaccinated each year.

EMT student Ashley Yagla says, "You're working with a lot of sick people. It's a preventive measure. It's also if you come in contact with a sick patient, and you are sick, you can make the situation worse."

If you catch the flu, you may not have a fever. That's why it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the shots become available, because it takes about two weeks before the flu vaccine takes effect.

Jensen says, "Signs of flu can start up to one day before you actually have symptoms. You can pass that onto the next person before you even know you have it."

The South Central Public Health District has more information about the shots. Call 737-5966.

October 28, 2013.


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