Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 3, 2012

Area residents encouraged to get flu shot

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress


As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week observation, Dec. 2-8, officials from Cherokee County Public Health remind residents to protect themselves by getting a flu shot.

“You may have the holidays on your mind this time of year, but there's another thing to think about: Flu season will peak soon,” said Cherokee County Public Health Executive Director Chris Taylor.

In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control established the national vaccine week “to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond,” he said.

“Despite the unpredictable nature of the flu, you should know you need a vaccine every year for optimal protection,” he said. “(This is) because flu viruses are always changing and new vaccine is made each year so that (people are protected) against the currently circulating influenza viruses.”

People who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications are especially encouraged to get vaccinated because the illness could “worsen a person's health quickly,” Taylor said.

Also, “we hope that National Influenza Vaccination Week will act as a reminder to parents and caregivers of children of the importance of the vaccination in general and the fact that some children may need two doses of the flu vaccine this season to be fully protected.

Public Health is offering flu shots Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Public Health at 903-586-6191, or visit www.facebook.com/CHCOPHD