Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Health department reminds residents to get flu shots

Health department reminds residents to get flu shots

Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Sevier County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it's important for anyone over six months of age who hasn't had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. "We have no way of knowing if this flu season will be milder or just as severe as last season". Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. There will be signage posted to direct anyone wanting a free flu shot to the flu clinic entrance and parking.

DCPH also wants to remind residents that getting vaccinated is a community effort that not only protects yourself, but also family, friends and those around you, according to the department. Next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Insurance, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program are accepted for children's flu shots.

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The most common symptoms of the flu include cold-like symptoms including fever, stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.

On November 23, 2018, a prospective cohort study of 8,827 Australians "FluMum", published in Clinical Infectious Disease, found that regardless of the trimester, women who received an IIV influenza vaccine did not report adverse birth outcomes, when compared with unvaccinated mothers.

The sooner you get vaccinated the better, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends early vaccination because it takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

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