Annual flu vaccine campaign starts Wednesday

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A publicity campaign is to begin this week urging the public to get the flu shot. Vulnerable people can also be hospitalized.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dubois County Health Department recommend getting a flu vaccine annually.

As part of the 2017 Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program, Camden County officials stopped by another location in Runnemede on Tuesday, October 31st, to provide residents 9 years of age or older with free flu shots.

Ann Garvey of the Iowa Department of Public Health says a central Iowa man over 81years of age is the state's first confirmed flu death this season.

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Traditional flu vaccines protect against three different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. Oeding emphasized the importance of the vaccine for those who interact with children under 6 months old.

Why this is happening is hard to say, particularly when more than 80 per cent of the workers in the region's long-term care homes were vaccinated last flu season. That includes fever, chills, body aches, coughing, and a runny nose. Colds, the CDC says, generally don't lead to serious complications or hospital stays, but the flu can if left untreated.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, in a news release.

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